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Millennials yearn for community

A few weeks ago I became enthralled by an article in the Wall Street Journal which highlighted the universality of community and shared meaning — values that are often fostered by religions. In the article, the author, Alain de Botton, writes about the loneliness of modern society and how, “we tend to imagine that there once existed a degree of …

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Whitworth class explores post-apartheid South Africa

Last year, 23 Whitworth students spent four weeks in South Africa learning about the multi-ethnic people there as they continue to build a post-apartheid society. The class, “Contemporary South Africa,” examines the historical, social, political, and religious contexts of South Africa, according to a press release. The class focused mainly on learning about the history of apartheid and how, even …

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The moral challenge of training killers

Taliban vow revenge for Afghan civilian murders The circle of violence ever spins, the sword is a poor tool of peace. It often ends up stealing the peace of the one wielding it.   What mystifies me is how the death of civilians is mostly overlooked as 'collateral damage' when it's in a military campaign context. But when a solider …

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Monday’s Religion News Roundup: Obama still a Muslim, Gingrich ditches “GCB,” Doonesbury on abortion

American officials in Afghanistan are bracing again for another backlash, this time following the massacre of at least 16 Afghan civilians, mainly children and women, by a U.S. Army sergeant. The incident follows the accidental burning of a Koran and other religious texts by U.S. personnel, which led to outrage and violence. A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church Sunday in …

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BRIEF: Professor to discuss U.S. policy and Christianity

On March 29 Whitworth University Professor of Modern Languages Lindy Scott will discuss the war in Iraq from the point of view of Just War Theory, Latin American governments, and Latin American churches and organizations. It's the third lecture in the university's 55th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. “I trust that the information presented will help the audience to rethink …

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BRIEF: Anti-corruption activist to speak at Gonzaga

Columbian author Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by rebels and spent six years living in captivity in the Columbian jungle. She'll tell her story of persecution and activism at 7 p.m. on March 28 atGonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. She'll discuss her ongoing efforts to free more than 700 people who remain hostages in Colombia. The lecture is part of thePresidential Speaker …

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