Lecture: The Lost History of CHRISTIANITY
[4/16/2008]
Philip JenkinsDr. Philip Jenkins, Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, will a give LECTURE, Friday, April 18th 2:00 pm, Bennett Auditorium, Baylor campus entitled The Lost History of CHRISTIANITY, he reveals a vast Christian world to the east of the Roman Empire and how the earliest, most influential churches of the East - those that had the closest link to Jesus and the early church - died. In this paradigm-shifting book...
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Christianity Today Award Baylor ISR Professors
[3/28/2008]
Christianity Today has announced the recipients of its annual CT Book Awards, which include Award of Merit recognition for books written by Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion professors Thomas S. Kidd and Rodney Stark.
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Mencken Appointed Director of Research for Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
[2/27/2008]
Carson MenckenDr. Byron Johnson and Dr. Rodney Stark, co-directors of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University, have announced the appointment of Dr. F. Carson Mencken, professor of sociology, as director of research for the Institute.
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Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion has released Articles on the Baylor Survey of Religion Findings
[2/8/2008]
JSSR American Piety CoverThe Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion has released four articles written by the Baylor ISR research team based on the findings of the Baylor Survey of Religion: American Piety in the 21st Century

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"FACTS: A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence" Keynote speaker Jay Hein
[10/24/2007]
Baylor University hosted Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, who keynoted a forum on "FACTS: A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence"
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White House Director of Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to Keynote Baylor Forum on FACTS: A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence
[10/25/2007]
Baylor University will host Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, who will keynote a forum on "FACTS: A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Kronzer Great Hall at Baylor's Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center, 1212 S. University Parks Drive in Waco, Texas.
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Waco Tribune Herald: Talking faith and funding: Q&A with White House official Jay Hein
[10/26/2007]
Baylor hosts a panel discussion on the success of the FACTS grant initiative.
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White House Director of Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to Keynote Baylor Forum on FACTS: A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence
[10/29/2007]
Jay HeinJay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, keynoted a forum on "FACTS:A Faith-Based and Community Solution to Reduce Domestic Violence." The forum highlighted the FACTS program, a one-year rural pilot program that is a collaboration between staff at the Office of Victim Services (OVS) in Helena, Mont., and the principal project staff at the Program on Prosocial Behavior, a unit of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). Watch Video -- For Q&A Story
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$400,000 Department of Justice Award for Research on Domestic Violence Fatalities
[8/22/2007]
The Baylor Program on Prosocial Behavior, a unit within the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), has received a $400,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice to continue the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI), a program to study domestic violence fatalities and assist agencies and communities in the prevention of domestic violence.
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Baylor ISR Study Analyzes Minority Education Achievement Gap
[4/3/2007]
Findings Reveal Similarities in Families Where Gap Is Eliminated "The findings show that when highly religious African American and Latino students from intact families are compared with white students, the achievement gap disappears," said Dr. William Jeynes, a non-resident scholar with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. View the complete Baylor ISR Study.
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In Europe God Is (Not) Dead - The Wall Street Journal
[7/23/2007]
The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2007 -- Late last year, a Swedish hotel guest named Stefan Jansson grew upset when he found a Bible in his room. He fired off an email to the hotel chain, saying the presence of the Christian scriptures was "boring and stupefying." This spring, the Scandic chain, Scandinavia's biggest, ordered the New Testaments removed. In a country where barely 3 percent of the population goes to church each week, the affair seemed just another step in Christian Europe's long march toward secularism. Then something odd happened: A national furor erupted.
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Baylor Institute Receives $2.97 Million from Justice Department for Domestic Violence Research
[6/22/2006]
FACTS- In collaboration with the state of Montana's Office of Victim Services (OVS), Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) has received a $2,975,035 grant from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women. The grant will fund The Faith and Community Technical Support (FACTS) program.
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Department of Justice Awards Grant to Study Religion and Prosocial Youth Behavior
[10/9/2006]
Prosocial BehaviorBaylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and the Program on Prosocial Behavior have received a $400,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to establish a research initiative that examines the role religion plays in prosocial youth behavior.
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Baylor ISR Case Study Examines Success of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Ohio
[1/22/2007]
Ohio Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: A Case StudyResearchers with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) have completed a case study that examines the success obtained by the state of Ohio's faith-based and community initiatives. The case study provides an overview of the Ohio programs and provides analysis of how the state has achieved its success.
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ISR Oxford Fellowship Announced
[10/12/2006]
The Institute for the Study of Religion (ISR) is pleased to announce its 2007 fellowship competition. The ISR Honors Fellowship provides one student with demonstrated financial need, and who is enrolled in an Honors College program, with the program cost, airfare, and excursion cost for a summer study-abroad program. The applicant must be committed to exploring the role of religion across the disciplines.
In its inaugural year, the ISR Honors Fellowship will provide funding for a student wishing to study in Oxford, "the city of dreaming spires."
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Baylor Religion Survey News
[9/15/2006]

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Baylor Religion Survey Is Released
[9/11/2006]
American Piety in the 21st CenturyPreliminary findings related to the measurement of religion, the nature of religious belief, the relationship between religion and moral and political attitudes, and religious spending habits were released at the National Press Club on September 11, 2006, in a research report entitled American Piety in the 21st Century: New Insights to the Depths and Complexity of Religion in the U.S.

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Baylor Awarded Templeton Foundation Grant to Study Economics of Religion
[9/26/2006]
Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) has received a $378,862 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund ISR's Initiative on the Economics of Religion. The grant will provide funds for four scholars to investigate the connection between religion and economic growth and the effects of government intervention in religious markets on the practice of religion.
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Losing My Religion? No, Says Baylor Religion Survey
[9/11/2006]
Conventional wisdom, backed by some research, has suggested that the United States is becoming a more secularized nation - one where the significance of religion is declining. But results released Sept. 11 from the Baylor University Religion Survey paint a different picture.
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Religious freedom
[8/8/2006]
Science & Theology News Online Version
Religious freedom
Spirituality flourishes when governments don't play favorites and allow pluralism
By Rodney Stark
(August 8, 2006)
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University Professors in New National Report agree: An educated person needs to know about the Bible.
[6/1/2006]
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Waco, TX, June 1, 2006
A new national report, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, entitled Bible Literacy Report II: What University Professors Say Incoming Students Need to Know, revealed that English professors surveyed at leading universities--including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford--agreed that "regardless of a person's faith, an educated person needs to know about the Bible." Released June 1, 2006, by the Bible Literacy Project (www.bibleliteracy.org) at an academic symposium on the Bible at Baylor University, the report surveyed 39 English professors at 34 top U.S. colleges and universities, who said that knowledge of the Bible is a deeply important part of a good education.
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Templeton Foundation Awards $1.7 Million for Research on Significance of Religion in China
[5/23/2006]
The John M. Templeton Foundation has awarded $1.7 million to Baylor University's Center for Religious Inquiry Across Disciplines (CRIAD) to conduct a study on the spiritual beliefs and practices in China titled "An Empirical Study of Religions in China" (ESRIC).
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