Religious Studies

Faith in public life 

In a conversation sponsored by the School of Social Policy & Practice, Ben Jealous discussed religion’s potential to transform society with Charles ‘Chaz’ Howard and David Saperstein.

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NPR

The ReAwaken America tours unites conservative Christians and conspiracy theorists

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the ReAwaken movement represents a potent mix of religion, election denial, and anti-government conspiracy theory that the Republican party has largely embraced.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Can learning about ghosts help us cope with pandemic losses? This Penn professor says yes

In a Q&A, Justin McDaniel of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses how the pandemic has changed the way people think about ghost stories and the afterlife.

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The Washington Post

Michael Flynn’s ReAwaken roadshow recruits ‘Army of God’

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Michael Flynn’s “spiritual warfare” rhetoric in support of Christian nationalism is dangerous.

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USA Today

How protests in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death ‘forever moved the debate’ over women’s rights

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses Iran’s long history of mandating what women can wear and the power employed by its “morality police.”

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U.S. News & World Report

Iranian woman push back against compulsory hijab

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Iranian society still struggles with how much of a role religion has played in its pre- and post-revolutionary eras.

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The Washington Post

The truth about the history education wars in 2022

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education writes that political battles over education have secularized, shifting focus from religion to American history and identity.

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