Going Undercover at Liberty University

Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University was a self proclaimed “God-ambivalent” senior at an ivy league college and decided to spend a semester at Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the world. What he found was surprising– from a strict three-second hugging rule, to science tests featuring Noah’s ark– but he also found genuine connections with his fellow students.

Reacting After the Reveal

So what did students and faculty at Liberty University think of Kevin’s time undercover and the book he later published? We talked to Brian Colas, the student body president at the time Kevin was there.

Duke,Muslims and the Limits of Unity

In January 2015, Duke University quietly announced it would begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from its Christian chapel. It was meant as a gesture of interfaith solidarity, though not requested by Muslim students themselves. A few days later, after an outcry by evangelist Franklin Graham and others, the historically Methodist school decided to pull the plug, saying the idea was “not having the intended effect.” And that’s when the story got kind of crazy.  Guests Mollie Hemingway is the senior editor at The FederalistNihad Awad is the Executive Director and Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Isaac Weiner is the author of Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism.

 

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Going Undercover at Liberty University

Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University was a self proclaimed “God-ambivalent” senior at an ivy league college and decided to spend a semester at Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the world. What he found was surprising– from a strict three-second hugging rule, to science tests featuring Noah’s ark– but he also found genuine connections with his fellow students.

Reacting After the Reveal

So what did students and faculty at Liberty University think of Kevin’s time undercover and the book he later published? We talked to Brian Colas, the student body president at the time Kevin was there.

Duke,Muslims and the Limits of Unity

In January 2015, Duke University quietly announced it would begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from its Christian chapel. It was meant as a gesture of interfaith solidarity, though not requested by Muslim students themselves. A few days later, after an outcry by evangelist Franklin Graham and others, the historically Methodist school decided to pull the plug, saying the idea was “not having the intended effect.” And that’s when the story got kind of crazy.  Guests Mollie Hemingway is the senior editor at The FederalistNihad Awad is the Executive Director and Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Isaac Weiner is the author of Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism.

 

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