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Nigeria's Presidential Election: Will the Muslim Challenger Defeat the Christian Incumbent? by Debra Erickson

Out of a region usually granted just one story at a time, reports from Nigeria have multiplied in recent months, and little of it is encouraging. Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were postponed six weeks by the government, ostensib...

March 5, 2015

Jean Bethke Elshtain and Religion: The Scholar Who Would Not Be Constrained (1941-2013) -- Debra Erickson

Jean Bethke Elshtain was an unusual scholar of religion. Her graduate work was in history, political theory, and international relations; her first book traced portrayals of women in Western political thought. Prior to joining the faculty at the Univ...

November 14, 2013

Standing by the Working Man by Debra Erickson

Early in March, the American Academy of Religion sent an email to its 10,000-plus members expressing concern over an unresolved labor dispute at one of the six hotels where its upcoming annual meeting will be held. It announced that, on urging from u...

April 7, 2011

Public Roles, Private Persons by Debra Erickson

A few weeks ago, Sightings ran a piece by Courtney Wilder on the clergy fashion advice blog Beauty Tips for Ministers.  In highlighting the dilemmas faced by female clergy – the clashing of expectations that occurs in a profession in which the line b...

February 18, 2010

Preaching Good News to the Poor — Debra Erickson

It is by now old news - or should be - that evangelical Christians have developed a social conscience that goes beyond wedge issues like abortion and gay rights. Some are even (gasp!) registered Democrats. In the most recent issue of Books and Cultur...

July 25, 2008