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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for
      Friday, June 6.
      Saint Vincent.


      GOT DEITIES? In emphasizing the importance of ritual in
      religion, social scientists have long underplayed the role of
      Gods, writes Rodney Stark, a professor of sociology and
      comparative religion at the University of Washington.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i39/39b00701.htm


      MOUNTAINS OF WISDOM: E. Gene Smith reproduces 1,300 years of
      Tibetan Buddhism on the Web, one textual wonder at a time.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i39/39a04801.htm

      --> FOR THE FULL TEXT of those and all other articles from the
      June 6 issue of The Chronicle, go to "This Week's Chronicle" at


      A glance at the spring issue of "the Antioch Review":
      Missing a sense of the holy in modern religion

      In a time when politicians are wearing their religious beliefs
      on their sleeves, a genuine sense of the holy seems harder to
      find, says Joseph W. Goetz, a retired Roman Catholic priest and
      a former professor of theology at Xavier University.

      "The great themes of faith have been so whittled down and edited
      for popular consumption that is it any wonder the pious
      effusions of public figures have the resonance of a Hallmark
      card?" asks Mr. Goetz.

      The spaces in which we worship have also become bland and
      "reminiscent of a mall food court," he says. He is not in favor
      of a return to Gothic architecture, but he points to the beauty
      of Shaker meeting houses as evidence that very simple spaces can
      be designed with an eye toward evoking a sense of reverence.

      Mr. Goetz also attributes the problem partly to a lack of
      respect for others and a lack of knowledge about sacred stories.
      "Perhaps," he suggests, "we have not so much abandoned the holy
      as forgotten it."

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