Candice Scharf

Candice Scharf is a consultant with the SSRC's program on Religion and Public Sphere. She is a Master’s graduate from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where she majored in Global Affairs and specialized in International Relations. She has a great interest in religion’s effect on international affairs and completed her Master’s thesis on religion’s effect on Middle Eastern foreign policy.

Posts by Candice Scharf:

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Funding for atheists

Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave the student organization, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA) $69,000, the largest amount of grant money ever given to a non-theistic, student-led organization by a college or university.

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Nigerian women and the Hajj

In a recent article, Reuters reported that Nigeria has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage after more than 600 Nigerian women were deported for trying to enter Mecca without a male relative.

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Friday, October 5th, 2012

Scientology not a religion?

According to a recent poll by 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair, a majority of Americans do not believe that Scientology is a real religion.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Spiritualism and visual romanticism

TIF editor at large, John Lardas Modern, reviews Charles Colbert’s recent publication, Haunted Visions: Spiritualism and American Art.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

CFP: 2013 Telos Conference

The 2013 Telos Conference is currently seeking paper submissions on the subject of Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World.

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Group home for prospective nuns

In a recent article from the Religion News Service, Bruce Nolan discusses a new group home for single women who are contemplating whether they want to devote their lives to the church.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Pakistan and blasphemy

TIF contributor Dr. Ebrahim Moosa recently posted on his blog a statement written by Mawlana Ammar Khan Nasir, editor of the Urdu monthly journal “al-Sharia,” regarding the current Pakistani blasphemy charge against Rimsha Mosin, an underage Christian girl.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012

Freedom without religious freedom?

Recently on Big Questions Online (BQO), Thomas Farr puts forth and analyzes the question, “Is religious freedom necessary for other freedoms to flourish?”

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Buddhism and the practices of contemporary education

Recently, Matt Bieber interviewed Peter Hershock, author of Buddhism in the Public Sphere, for his blog The Wheat and Chaff.

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Mormon apostles and voting

According to a survey conducted by Aaron Campbell, a marketing and campaign consultant in Utah county, a large number of Mormon apostles vote, even in years when there is no presidential election.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

How Muslims view Islam

In a recent post on Foreign Policy, Marc Lynch discusses a Pew Research Center survey which questioned Muslims on their views of their own religion.

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Mormon appointed to White House faith-based advisory council

Recently, Religion News Service reported that President Obama had appointed the first Mormon member to his faith-based advisory council.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Loss of faith in religious institutions

NPR recently reported on a Gallup poll, which showed Americans’ faith in organized religion and religious institutions has declined.

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Monday, July 30th, 2012

Voting for an atheist?

In a recent article, Religion News Service discusses a Gallup poll survey, in which a majority of Americans said they would vote for a “well-qualified” atheist for President.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The study of American religions in Religion

In the most recent issue of Religion (subscription required), a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research in the comparative and interdisciplinary study of religion, a number of TIF contributors reflect on the subject of this special issue, The Study of American Religion: Critical Reflections on Specialization.

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Paul Froese featured in New Voices

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) recently featured Paul Froese in their New Voices section, which recognizes leading scholars in the social sciences for outstanding and original research.

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The “New New Atheists”

Christopher R. Beha discusses a recent article he had written for Harper’s Magazine in which he considers three publications, written by authors he classifies as the “New New Atheists.”

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Martha Nussbaum on religion, tolerance, and feminism

Recently, David Johnson, Web Editor at the Boston Review, interviewed Martha Nussbaum and discussed her new publication, The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bible, flowers, and relevance

John Boy, contributing editor to The Immanent Frame and an associate editor of Frequencies, reflects on his recent visit to Amsterdam’s Bijebels Museum.

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Exodus International renounces gay “cure”

Recently, the President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, made statements renouncing some of his organization’s beliefs, such as the ability to “cure” homosexuality by Christian prayer and psychotherapy.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Evolutionary theory and religion

Charles Mathewes, of The American Interest, discusses the role of religion in evolutionary theory and analyzes two publications on this topic.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Technology and Jewish prayers

Recently, in The Atlantic, Alan Jacobs interviewed Ahron Varady and discussed how technology can aid traditional religious practices.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and Public Life

The Knight Program at the USC  Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is accepting applications until July 1st, for the Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and Public Life.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

Bishop accountability?

At the most recent United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Review Board stated that it was crucial for Bishops to be more strict in following their own policies against sexual abuse.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Ethno-religious clashes in Myanmar

Last week in Myanmar,  ethnic and religious clashes between majority-group Rakhine Buddhists and minority-group Rohingya Muslims left at least a dozen dead and thousands displaced.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Council on Foreign Relations fellowship

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is currently accepting applications for the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF).

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Sexuality and the Catholic Church

This past week the Catholic church denounced Sister Margaret A. Farley, an American nun and professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School, for her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Translating Islam in South Asia

At, three former International Dissertation Research Fellows (IDRF) reflect on Ronit Ricci’s Islam Translated.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

In defense of Muslim civil liberities

Alison Parker, the Human Rights Watch U.S. Program Director, composed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance and profiling of Muslims based solely on their religion.

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Coptic Christians and Egypt’s future

Yasmine Saleh recently reported on the dilemma many Coptic Christians face in the upcoming Egyptian presidential election.

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Monday, May 14th, 2012

Tunisian Jews and the Arab Spring

In a recent article, Lin Noueihed and Terek Amara discuss the racism and fear of  harassment Tunisian Jews have experienced since the overthrow of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012

Catholic doctrine and universities

In a recent article, Libby A. Nelson discusses the role of faith in Catholic universities and puts forth the question, how Catholic are these institutions?

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Friday, April 27th, 2012

Alawites, Alevis, and Assad

n a recent article in The New RepublicSoner Cagaptay discusses how Syria’s sectarian divisions could exacerbate current divisions  in Turkey.

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Friday, April 20th, 2012

In defense of the sociology of religion

In a recent contribution to ASA Footnotes, Christian Smith explains why it is crucial  for sociologists to take religion seriously, arguing that it is imperative for sociologists to overcome ignorance and bias when it comes to religion.

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

Muslims and the Republican party

Nona Willis Aronowitz, at GOOD, discusses the impact that Republican, anti-Islamic rhetoric has had on Muslim voters.

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Monday, April 9th, 2012

Harmful prayer?

On April 2nd, Dallas District  Court Judge Martin Hoffman ruled that it is legal to pray for God to harm someone as long as no one is actually threatened or harmed.

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Friday, April 6th, 2012

Human rights and the Arab Spring

The New York Review of Books’ blog recently posted a debate between women’s rights groups and Human Rights Watch entitled, Women and Islam: A Debate With Human Rights Watch.

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

“The Rise of the Islamists”

The award-winning documentary radio program, America Abroad, has recently released a new documentary entitled, “The Rise of the Islamists.”

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Friday, March 16th, 2012

Postdoc fellowship: New Circles of Learning for Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations

The Boston University School of Theology is seeking a Research Fellow in Congregational Studies for a three-year period, beginning June 1, 2012.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Temporary restraining order on city’s ban

This past Thursday, February 16th, Andy Newman reported for the New York Times that Judge Preska of the Federal District Court in Manhattan had issued a 10-day restraining order on the city’s ban of churches worshiping in public schools.

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