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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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HuffPost: Study Shows Counterfactual Thinking Increases Faith In God

It’s been almost two years since I last wrote for HuffPost and a little longer for the science section, but I have a piece up this week about an interesting study I recently read. “There But for the Grace of God: Counterfactuals Influence Religious Belief and Images of the Divine” is in this month’s Social Psychological and Personality Science. Want to know more about the research, click to my article at HuffPost below.

In this new study (“There But for the Grace of God: Counterfactuals Influence Religious Belief and Images of the Divine”), published in this month’s Social Psychological and Personality Science, authors Anneke Buffone (University of Pennsylvania), and Shira Gabriel and Michael Poulin (State University of New York at Buffalo), found that religious faith was increased in participants when they were asked to deliberately consider the “it could be worse” scenario.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post…

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Review of “Consider No Evil” in The National Catholic Reporter

My book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education was just reviewed in the National Catholic Reporter (“When dogma and scholarship clash“). It’s a favorable review. The author identifies me as a writer for The Huffington Post, which I do contribute to often, but I would have just said “professor” or “writer,” since I’m not actually employed by them and that isn’t my primary identifier. Click the image to read.

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Huffington Post: Westminster Theological Seminary Plunges Deeper into Fundamentalism

Now that my book (Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education) is out, I thought that I might have given my last word on Westminster Theological Seminary. There was a time, in the heat of the Logan and Enns situation, that a day didn’t go by where that school didn’t cross my mind. About a year or so after I left, I realized that I no longer thought about the school unless Continue reading…