As an observer and analyst of the intersection between religion and culture, I am academically fascinated and personally horrified by the recent dynamics of religion in Western culture. The church has been in decline in the past 25 years, and many observers have predicted its eventual demise. Now, in 2018, I think that it can […]

The value of contemplation and moral orientation Lately, I have had some interesting conversations on campus around the goals and objectives of the liberal education. I become increasingly aware of the challenges faced by young adults, those aged approximately 18 to 24, and the opportunity we have in the academy to respond to some of […]

This semester I have returned to teaching an upper-level course that explores Biblical themes in Western culture through visual arts and music, although the focus of the course is on literature, including novels, poetry and short stories. Such material has had a popularity across campuses, but that is changing. Overall, courses dealing with religious themes […]

Globalization was the buzzword of the Clinton era, the 1990s. The world was changing, and we were becoming more and more aware of ways in which the world was being understood differently. As New York Times writer Thomas Friedman captured in his book titles The World is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded we began […]