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Larycia Hawkins

Five years later, Larycia Hawkins’ canceling foreshadowed evangelicals under Trump

By Linda Midgett — December 16, 2020

(RNS) — In a 2015 Facebook post, the Wheaton professor announced her intent to wear a hijab as an act of ‘embodied solidarity’ with Muslim women, and lost nearly everything.

They made a mark on the religious scene this decade; some rose, others fell

By Yonat Shimron — January 2, 2020

(RNS) — This list of 12 — drawn from stories RNS has covered between 2010 and 2019 — offers a one-time retrospective of the personalities (and not a few of the issues) that dominated the religious scene this past decade.

Larycia Hawkins documentary shows the cost of embodied solidarity

By Dilshad Ali — November 7, 2019

(RNS) — Hawkins’ story points to evangelical Christians’ difficulties with Islam, but it also raises questions about what it means to be an ally and what exactly embodied solidarity means.

Religious scholars weigh risks, rewards of speaking out

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 26, 2018

DENVER (RNS) — It’s become important for scholars to share their knowledge in an era of fake news and religious divisions. It’s also become dangerous.

Controversy over Wheaton professor’s hijab captures evangelical rift in new film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 4, 2018

(RNS) — ‘Same God’ premiered late last month at the LA Film Festival in Los Angeles, selling out so quickly the festival added a second screening. Several more screenings are planned, including showings this month in New Orleans and Chicago.

Top 5 ‘heresies’ of 2016: ‘One God,’ biblical authority and more

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 29, 2016

(RNS) As Christians prepared to mark 500 years since Martin Luther — one of history’s great heretics, or heroes, depending on your point of view — 2016 found them debating theological questions most thought had been settled a millennium ago.

A columnist looks back and looks ahead

By David P. Gushee — December 27, 2016

(RNS) “After 30 years attempting to advocate for a particular kind of American public life,” writes David Gushee, “I feel a deep sense of powerlessness in relation to where our culture and politics are going.”

On God and heaven, Americans are all over the map

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 28, 2016

(RNS) A new study suggests Americans as a whole hold seemingly incompatible beliefs on the nature of God and heaven.

Filmmaker crowdfunding documentary about ‘Same God’ flap

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 1, 2016

(RNS) Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? One filmmaker is exploring the question raised by the controversy over a former Wheaton College professor’s comments.

“A reconciliation that is not”: An open letter to Wheaton College president (GUEST POST)

By Tobin Grant — March 9, 2016

Wheaton asked for comments. James Skillen (and family) answered.

Wheaton prof gets new post named for Muslim leader

By Adelle M. Banks — March 3, 2016

(RNS) She will join the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

Wheaton professor who left college over ‘same God’ flap: ‘I would do it again’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2016

CHICAGO (RNS) Wearing the hijab, said Larycia Hawkins, was a way of “trying to position myself with my Muslim sisters.” That’s what solidarity is, said the former Wheaton College professor.

Whither Wheaton? An evangelical college ponders its future

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 12, 2016

(RNS) The conflict between the school and a professor who tried to show solidarity with Muslims is itself emblematic of where American evangelicalism is today.

Conservative and progressive US evangelicals head for divorce

By David P. Gushee — February 12, 2016

Conservative and progressive evangelicals need to let each other go, acknowledging that they have become two separate religious communities.

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