On April 3rd, 2014, The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld (by overturning the judgment of a lower court) the decision of the New York City Board of Education to exclude groups (in this case, churches) from using school facilities outside of school hours “for the purpose of holding religious worship services.”Read the rest of Churches and public schools.
Paul Silas Peterson
Paul Silas Peterson is an Academic Assistant at the Protestant Faculty of Theology of the University of Tübingen (Germany), where he teaches courses in Systematic Theology and conducts research in the fields of early twentieth-century Catholic and Protestant theology. He also works with a team of people at the Theological Faculty of the University of Heidelberg (Germany) on the first edition of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana, a project supported by the German Research Foundation.
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Without pointing out those places where I agree with Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation, I would like to add a qualification to his claim that the modern Western world is correctly described as “hyperpluralistic.” The term “hyperpluralism” is sometimes used in socio-political discourse to refer to the fragmentation of political interest groups and the resulting challenges associated with forming coalitions. Gregory, however, often writes about “contemporary Western hyperpluralism with respect to truth claims about meaning, morality, values, priorities, and purpose.” He thus uses the term in a more general sense, which includes moral, philosophical, cultural, political and theological aspects.Read the rest of Conceptualizing pluralism and consensus in the modern Western world.