Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. told Hill.TV on Tuesday that he has begun sharing information with the FBI in what he alleged was a criminal conspiracy against him by former board members at the school.
Jonathan Merritt@LibertyU President Jerry Falwell Jr.: “He has begun sharing information with the FBI in what he alleged was a criminal conspiracy against him by former board members at the school.”
More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials describe a culture of fear and self-dealing at the largest Christian college in the world.
Jonathan MerrittA blistering investigative report reveals a culture of self-dealing and intimidation at pro-Trump @LibertyU, a longtime stronghold of Christian conservatism - @BrandonAmbro @politico should win an award for this
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay in New Zealand. In fact, the two weeks have been too brief. We didn’t have opportunity to visit the South Island with its breathtaking peaks and scenes. We couldn’t even see the entire North Island. But what we...
Jonathan MerrittI’m curious how a scholar can maintain respect in the academy while being a blogger for @TGC, a website that has an article on its site RIGHT NOW on “The Importance of Your Gag Reflex When Discussing Homosexuality” (Looking at you, @ThomasSKidd)
For some black ministers, abortion is both wrong and understandable. “I cannot guilt her,” one pastor said of his discussions with black women considering ending their pregnancies.
Jonathan Merritt“But to many African-Americans... abortion cannot be debated without considering the quality of urban schools. Or the disproportionately high unemployment rate in black communities. Or the significant racial disparities in health care”
Divinity is chopping faculty slots and has lost students steadily in recent years at evangelical university, which has long said religion is central to its programs.
Jonathan MerrittLiberty U is feeling the effect of Falwell’s loyalty to Trump - “freshman applications to study on Liberty's campus plunged after 2016 ... enrollment across the university’s vast online offerings fell by almost 10 percent between 2014 and 2018.”
It’s actually a serious theological debate, involving would-be popes, saints, and historians since the dawn of Christianity.
Jonathan MerrittDid Jesus Poop? Believe it or not, this was “a centuries-long debate among the Church Fathers, for whom digestion was often a much more important question than sex.” Via @candidamoss