How does your congregation relate to communities of other faiths? Have you ever welcomed persons of other faiths to your congregation? This past summer, my church had the privilege of hosting a group of international scholars who were in the U.S. to study religious pluralism through the Dialogue Institute. As a program associate and teaching … Continue reading Hagar/Hājar and the God of All Nations
This past summer, public debates have raged over whether or not to tear down Confederate monuments, most of which were constructed during an upsurge of white support for policies of segregation in the early twentieth century. White supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia to seek the preservation of the Robert E. Lee statute, which was dedicated … Continue reading Philadelphia Forum on the Ethics of Recognizing Columbus Day
NOTE: This sermon was delivered by David M. Krueger, PhD at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The following lectionary scriptures were read prior to the service. All Biblical quotes are from the New Revised Standard Version. Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Epistle Lesson: Romans 12:1-8 Gospel Lesson: … Continue reading Is Jesus Political?
(UPDATED 9/6/2017) For the past year and a half, I have been a regular narrative/scholarly contributor to a Science Channel show called What On Earth? Click here to see a list of my previous work. Last spring, I was asked to contribute to a new series titled Mysteries of the Missing, which premieres Saturday, August … Continue reading Science Channel’s New Series: Mysteries of the Missing
When did Americans start making the claim that the United States was founded as a Christian nation? Why has this myth been so appealing? Dave Krueger talks with Steven K. Green about his new book Inventing a Christian America: the Myth of the Religious Founding, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Steven is … Continue reading Interview w/Steven Green: Inventing a Christian America
Dave Krueger talks with Ranen Omer-Sherman about his new book Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film. Omer-Sherman is the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Louisville. This interview was originally released as Episode #44 of MRB Radio’s First Impressions program on August … Continue reading Interview w/Ranen Omer-Sherman: Imagining the Kibbutz
Dave Krueger talks with Christian C. Sahner about his book Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. Sahner is a history research fellow at the University of Cambridge. This interview was originally released as Episode #41 of MRB Radio’s First Impressions program on July 22, 2015.
Dave Krueger talks with Joseph Laycock about his book Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds. Laycock is an assistant professor of religion at Texas State University. This interview was originally released as Episode #39 of MRB Radio’s First Impressions program on June 23, … Continue reading Interview w/Joseph Laycock: Dangerous Games
How can we think theologically about the death of Trayvon Martin? What are the cultural and historical roots of "stand-your-ground" laws? How deeply embedded is white supremacy in the DNA of American culture? Dave Krueger talks with Kelly Brown Douglas about her book Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Douglas is … Continue reading Interview w/Author Kelly Brown Douglas: Stand Your Ground
Dave Krueger talks with Benjamin Zeller and Marie Dallam about their new book Religion, Food, and Eating in North America. Dallam is an assistant professor of religious studies at the Honors College of the University of Oklahoma and Zeller is an assistant professor of Lake Forest College in Illinois. This interview was originally released as … Continue reading Interview w/Authors Zeller & Dallam: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America