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Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 11:11:04 AM
Herman Cain faces allegations that he sexually harassed female employees during his time at the National Restaurant Association. He fervently denies the charges, although there are reports that settlements have been made in these cases. Prof. Cynthia Rigby and the Texas Faith Panel answer the question: do his accusers have a moral obligation to step forward and tell their side of the story?
Posted Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 10:16:13 AM
The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) has named Good Mourning: Getting Through Your Grief (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), written by Allan H. Cole Jr., academic dean and professor in the Nancy Taylor Williamson Distinguished Chair at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007), co-written by Cole, Robert C. Dykstra, and Donald Capps, as best resources for congregational leaders.
Posted Monday, Oct 31, 2011 4:14:28 PM
David H. Jensen, professor of constructive theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has published a new book, Parenting (Fortress Press 2011), in which he writes of the challenges and opportunities joined to parenting in a globalized world.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 2:48:35 PM
First, we had the Tea Party movement. Now, we have the Occupy Wall Street movement. Both are citizen-driven efforts to get our leaders' attention. At this point, though, it is hard to grasp what precisely drives the Occupy movement. New York Times columnist David Brooks described it this way: "If there is a core theme to the Occupy Wall Street movement, it is that the virtuous 99 percent of society is being cheated by the richest and greediest 1 percent. This is a theme that allows the people in the 99 percent to think very highly of themselves. All their problems are caused by the nefarious elite. Unfortunately, almost no problem can be productively conceived in this way." Here, then, is the question for this week: How do you interpret the Occupy movement? What do you think it says about American society?
Posted Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 10:10:21 AM
Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, respond to a recent survey that found people who believe in heaven and hell were more satisfied with their jobs, strove for excellence, and found meaning in their work. Why would it be that a strong belief in heaven and hell are a motivating factor in people's lives?
Posted Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 9:54:01 AM
Dr. Whitney S. Bodman, associate professor of comparative religion at Austin Seminary, has published The Poetics of Iblís: Narrative Theology in the Qur’an (Harvard Theological Studies, 2011). This text explores the origins of the story of Iblís, who in the Qur’an refuses God’s command to bow down to Adam and is punished by eviction from heaven. Bodman utilizes reader-response tools to help analyze distinctive characteristics of the narration and how it contributes to the theme in larger context.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 9:52:33 AM
After Osama bin Laden was killed, the Texas Faith Panel discussed whether they would have sanctioned his death had they been an adviser to the President. This week, the question posed is: Does the just war theory legitimize the slaying of American Anwar al-Aulaqui?
Posted Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 9:14:47 AM
The three Abrahamic faiths are known for being monotheistic religions. They worship one Deity, even though they may leave room for several concepts of the Divine. But other faiths allow for more than one god. Over time, these concepts have shaped traditions, cultures, and even nations. The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, was asked: Do you think monotheism is a superior form of religious belief?
Posted Friday, Sep 16, 2011 4:15:51 PM
With the drought creating havoc across Texas, including leading to brutal fires in Central Texas, it's not uncommon to hear people either jokingly or seriously assert that they are going to pray for rain. Should Texans or, for that matter, others afflicted by drought pray for rain? The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Prof. Cynthia Rigby share their thoughts.
Posted Friday, Sep 9, 2011 9:00:30 AM
Since September 11, 2001, many conversations have taken place among Muslims, Jews and Christians. There are official interfaith conversations occurring all over the globe, where participants dig into each other's texts. Many of us have learned more about the three Abrahamic faiths since than perhaps we knew before that day. Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Prof. Cynthia Rigby answer: Do followers of the three Abrahamic faiths really understand each other better since 9/11?

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