If peace on Earth and goodwill toward men is the goal this holiday season, Missouri State University’s Dr. John Schmalzbauer believes it starts with displaying tolerance, acceptance and inclusion. That includes recognizing holidays and holy days from a variety of faiths and cultures, Schmalzbauer said. It also means understanding how diversity helped form many American … [Read more...] about Make room for all during the holidays
To find out the role religion plays on American college campuses today, Missouri State University’s Dr. John Schmalzbauer and his team of co-researchers are exploring the landscape of campus ministries across the country. A three-year grant of more than $981,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. has made this project possible. Despite COVID challenges, research work has begun and will … [Read more...] about What does campus religious life look like?
The last time Dr. John Schmalzbauer participated in a study of campus ministries was from 2004-2008, when he worked on a project directed by Dr. Betty DeBerg at the University of Northern Iowa. At that time, the Great Recession had not taken full effect, undergraduate students didn’t have access to widespread social media and religious “nones” didn’t outnumber evangelicals. But … [Read more...] about Campus ministry: What’s changed over the decade?
Do students lose their religion when they enter college? It’s a common question asked, and the answer is not always clear. Dr. John Schmalzbauer, associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, says no. Growth of religion and spirituality According to Schmalzbauer, there was an increase in new religious immigrants from different parts of the world in … [Read more...] about The changing role of religion on campuses across the country
For many Christian conservatives, the term ‘evangelical’ is now more of a political identifier than a doctrinal one – which has led some high-profile religious leaders to question or even abandon the term. Dr. John Schmalzbauer, associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, offers his insight on this topic to The Christian Science Monitor. … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be an ‘Evangelical’ in the Trump era?