One-year teaching position in religious studies at Roanoke College

We are looking for a PhD candidate or PhD interested in teaching at Roanoke one year, starting in the fall.

The position is in Religious Studies.

Here is what he or she needs to be able to do:

Teach a 3/3 load. Candidate must be able to teach a survey of world religions and an introduction to Judaism. Candidate must also be able to teach first-year seminars in our General Education curriculum.

We don’t know if the position will be renewed. If it is, there will be a national search, which will concentrate on specialties in world religions. Whoever gets this one-year can of course apply.

Interested candidates can write me at mcdermot@roanoke.edu

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Racial preferences can hurt minorities

We almost certainly now have fewer minority doctors, lawyers, and business chiefs than we would have had under race-neutral admissions policies.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/373828/racial-preferences-under-siege-john-fund

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Can religious freedom be revived?

Steven Smith’s new book implies that it is still possible—though difficult—to recover what made the U.S. a land of free and flourishing belief.
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/04/12980/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=c6d9e2eb1b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-c6d9e2eb1b-84107317

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Against scientism

Steven Pinker understands the limits of scientific knowledge no better than the fundamentalist understands the limits of biblical knowledge.
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/04/12991/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=18deee7357-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-18deee7357-84107317

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Millennials and religion: pleasantly surprising

Millennials are less likely to say religion is important in their lives, they are more likely to identity as a “none,” and they attend church and pray less than their elders. However, when comparisons are made between faithful millennials and faithful people of older generations, the data get more interesting.
http://juicyecumenism.com/2014/04/06/symposium-a-warped-and-crooked-generation/?utm_source=flocknote&utm_medium=email&utm_term=4&utm_content=symposium-a-warped-and-crooked-generation&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Wrap%20Up%204-10-14

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From sexual adventurer to believing Christian

She was bound for college as a PSEO student. I was bound for my senior year of high school. We both were eager to grow up.
http://juicyecumenism.com/2014/04/04/symposium-sex-and-salvation/?utm_source=flocknote&utm_medium=email&utm_term=2&utm_content=symposium-sex-and-salvation&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Wrap%20Up%204-10-14

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Could the Internet create a good kind of community?

It’s common to worry that the internet is isolating us. But could it also be helping to create new forms of community?
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/04/13011/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=c8f1dd9353-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-c8f1dd9353-84107317

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In defense of war

Although Nigel Biggar’s new book on just war has many strengths, the author gets himself into a moral muddle over the question whether the deaths of innocent non-combatants can be deliberately chosen in war.

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/04/12909/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=dff242ed18-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-dff242ed18-84107317

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April 3, AD 33: Why We Believe We Can Know the Exact Date Jesus Died

Virtually all scholars believe, for various reasons, that Jesus was crucified in the spring of either a.d. 30 or a.d. 33, with the majority opting for the former. (The evidence from astronomy narrows the possibilities to a.d. 27, 30, 33, or 34). However, we want to set forth our case for the date of Friday, April 3, a.d. 33 as the exact day that Christ died for our sins.
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/april-3-ad-33

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Same-sex marriage slammed by gay critics

Same-sex marriage “fundamentally changes” the definition of the institution and only a few homosexual “protesters” even wanted the change, two gay commentators have said.
http://www.christian.org.uk/news/same-sex-marriage-slammed-by-gay-critics/?e040414

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