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Value of education more than dollar and cents

October 15th, 2013

Professors Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen published an op-ed about the risk of boiling a college education down to dollars and cents in the Oct. 13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Read “Fix the college ratings system.”

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Amish concerns about fracking

August 1st, 2013

David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history, was recently part of a video interview done by HuffPost Live on the topic of fracking in areas with significant Amish populations.

Watch the video.

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Considering Zacchaeus from Chinese perspective

July 30th, 2013

When Spanish professor Kim Yunez recently attended a Christian church service in China, she was struck by how the Biblical account of Zacchaeus might settle with the Chinese audience. She writes about the experience for the July 30 Huffington Post.

Read “Zacchaeus meets Mao: reflection from a first-time visitor to a church in China.”

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University of Pittsburgh considers discontinuing religious studies program

June 18th, 2013

Douglas Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history and theology, commented in a June 13 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about the University of Pittsburgh’s consideration of closing its religious studies program.

Read “Pitt’s graduate religious studies may end up on chopping block.”

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Professor discusses cultural perceptions of television evangelists

June 4th, 2013

Douglas Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history and theology, is quoted in a May 29 pennlive.com story about evangelist Joel Osteen and his impact on the Christian church.

Read “Defending success and fame: Joel Osteen says his is keeping the faith.”

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Unexpected findings challenge professor

March 1st, 2013

When Mike Cosby┬átraveled to Cyprus for four months on a Fulbright Research Grant he was excited to learn more about Barnabas, an important but often overlooked figure in the New Testament. What Cosby found was that the most influential parts of Barnabas’ story are likely not true.

Read “Messiah College professor goes in search of Barnabas.”

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Professor ponders how religion interacts with secularism

February 26th, 2013

John Fea, associate professor of history, penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post about the historical intrepretation of secularism versus current understandings and applications of the word.

Read “Should Christians embrace secularism?”

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Religion making a comeback on campuses

January 2nd, 2013

Professors Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen penned an essay for the Dec. 23 The Daily Beast about the comeback of religion on college campuses. The essay is based largely on their book, “No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education.”

Read “How religion is making a comeback on college campuses.”

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Professor notes difficulties of president’s second term

January 2nd, 2013

AP reporter Charles Babington includes insights from Paul Rego, politics professor, in his Dec. 24 story about President Barack Obama’s second term t0-do list. The story appeared in a variety of local and regional newspapers.

Read “Obama has long list of work to tackle when he returns.”

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Depiction of Amish false

January 2nd, 2013

David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history, takes issue with the proliferation of “reality” television shows depicting the Amish in a Dec. 28 op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Read “Viewers’ desiers vs. reality.”

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