religion

Social Psychology Network

How many times have you listened to someone make a case for their beliefs, only to wonder "what are they THINKING?" 

Carol Tavris puts a lot of work into answering that question.   She is a psychologist who studies the way people develop and hold onto beliefs. 

The title of her Ashland lecture (May 5th) should give you a clue to her focus: "Self-Justifying Delusions." 

Tavris comes to Ashland as part of Southern Oregon University's theme for the year, "Revolution." 

Helping Non-Muslims Understand Muhammad

Jan 22, 2015
White Cloud Press

Scholar Steven Scholl has co-written a book that appears at first glance like one of those pocket guides to a tourist destination. 

It IS a pocket guide, but to one of the key figures in history. 

Scholl studies and writes about Islam and comparative religions, and his slender book is Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam

The book features words and pictures about the founder of Islam and the places connected to his life. 

The Angel Effect

Feb 3, 2014
Harper Collins

Not every debate falls neatly within science or religion. 

Take angels as an example.  Even people well-versed in science claim to have felt a presence or even seen a figure guiding them to safety amid calamity. 

Jesus, A Rabbi For The First Century

Dec 6, 2013
Paraclete Press

Christians claim Jesus as their savior, but it's helpful to remember that Jesus was himself a Jew. 

Ashland rabbi David Zaslow provides a reminder in  his book  Jesus: First-Century Rabbi.

Zaslow says his book is meant to help both Christians and Jews gain greater understanding of the origins of their respective faiths.

Living In The Shadow Of The Cross

Nov 18, 2013
New Society Publishers

Pope Francis is making headlines with his efforts to get the Catholic church focused on the needs of the poor and downtrodden.

These are the same needs activist Paul Kivel has attempted to address in his own work. 

Turning Against The Christian Right

Oct 17, 2013
Intermonk.com

Frank Schaeffer is the black sheep of his family. 

His mother is the evangelical writer Edith Schaeffer, and his family had a profound impact on Christianity and politics in America.