Posts by Ben DeVan

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New Atheists on Genesis 1-11 and 19

The New Atheists have repeatedly denounced the Bible as dangerously false, suppressive to scientific inquiry, and promoting problematic or even abhorrent moral values. The Genesis 1-11 and 19 narratives on Creation, the Flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah are among their favorite targets. Is it possible to read these texts more rigorously, responsibly, and charitably than the New Atheists do? I think so, and discuss some possibilities here.

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The Loser Letters?

A Place for Satire, Humor, and Polemics in Interreligious (and a-religious) Dialogue

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Landscapes or Sandscapes? New Atheist Grounds for Morality

Atheist lauders and pursuers of truth, integrity, and beauty can be none too careful. They might provoke or experience longings for the fountain of all Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.

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A History of Islam in America?

What do qualitative research, legal testimony, and sunlight shot through stained glass have in common? All of these benefit from, even demand, insider perspectives.

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What Do Americans Really Believe?

Are mega-churches more intimate than small congregations? Are atheists more superstitious or likely to believe in the paranormal than conservative Christians? Do many Americans believe some “non-religious” people are going to heaven? Are Evangelicals slightly less politically active than other Americans? Has the percentage of atheists in America remained the same since 1944? The answers to all of these questions may very well be…yes.

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The Curious Case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The former Muslim atheist who “prefer(s) John Locke, John Stuart Mill and Jon Stewart to Jesus Christ,” commends…Jesus Christ?

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Evangelicals and Muslims Loving God, Each Other, and the World Together?

Is conflict inevitable? Fighting and fighting words aside, relations between Evangelicals and Muslims are far from uniform.

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Pro-homosexuality and anti-homosexuality religious believers together against gay-related bullying?

In light of several high profile cases of gay related bullying, this essay may disgruntle — at least a little — almost everyone who reads it.

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Tea with Hezbollah

Last Thursday, the New York Times reported that the Shi’i military and political movement Hezbollah, which many would classify as terrorist, toppled the Lebanese government just six months after the death of Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.

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Orphan Stories at Christmastime

My inaugural posts at State of Formation seem to indicate a passion for sharing what I believe are incisive resources with State of Formation contributors and readers. This Christmas Eve Eve, I commend Patheos as an outstanding storehouse for all manner of inter-religious conversations, including the perennial Christmas theme of giving and mindfulness of people […]

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Ben DeVan

Benjamin B. DeVan has taught religion, philosophy, and African American literature at North Carolina Central University, Peace College, and a January term mini-course at MIT titled, "Religion: Bringing the World Together, or Tearing the World Apart?" He completed his MA in Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv at Duke University, a ThM at Harvard in World Religions with a thesis on evangelical Christians and Muslims, and is now a doctoral candidate at a historic British university writing a dissertation on the New Atheism.


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