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Writing Updates: Yup, I’m still alive.

Several months back I got busy and dropped posting to this blog. I went on a hiking vacation out West, and finished writing a book on science and religion. You wouldn’t know if from my blog, but other things—articles and interviews—did happen.

Here’s a few of them. Continue reading…

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The Daily Beast: Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Evangelicals, and President Donald Trump

This weekend at The Daily Beast, I have a new piece that looks at President Donald Trump, right-wing authoritarianism, and its lure for evangelicals. Check it out:

“Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain…when you came to the platform,” said Reverend Franklin Graham in his inaugural benediction before President Donald J. Trump.

Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was one of six, predominantly Christian spiritual leaders praying on January 20. It’s his firm conviction that the election was the work of divine providence.

“I believe,” Graham told Fox News, that “in this election, no question, God’s hand was in it.”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast.

 

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HuffPost: Why Valentine’s Day Is also World Bonobo Day

I have a piece up this week at The Huffington Post on the first annual World Bonobo Day, which is Valentine’s day. Here it is:

February 14 is Valentine’s Day; it is also the inaugural World Bonobo Day (#WorldBonoboDay)—begun by conservationists at The Bonobo Project to help bring awareness to an endangered and gentle species.

Read full article at HuffPost.

Photo Credit: W. H. Calvin 2006. Social gathering of six bonobos at the San Diego Zoo. Wikipedia.

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News: In The Toledo Blade

BGW-Toledo-Blade-2On January 21, 2017, I and Mark Christensen from Lourdes University were featured above the fold in the Toledo Blade’s religion section for a piece on the place of the philosophy of religion (“School thought: Philosophy paves way for religious debate”).

Check it out:

“Part of the problem that you run into with religious studies is that nobody can actually agree on a precise definition of religion, because the concept is so widely encompassing,” said Brandon Withrow, an author who is a religious history scholar and has taught religion and philosophy at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the University of Findlay.

But people can talk about religious philosophy. Read full article at The Toledo Blade