Baylor in the News – Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2021

December 5, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 5, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the relationship between religion and crime, how churches can help people struggling with eating disorders and ways to cultivate patience.

Nov. 28, 2021

The Dallas Morning News: New Bible translation has a Texas touch

Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D., associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and an expert on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, is among the scholars who worked on an update of the New Revised Standard Version, one of the most popular translations of the Bible ever published.

Money Geek: Expert Insight on Affordable Homeowners Insurance

J. Franklin Potts, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, insurance and real estate, provides insight into the homeowners insurance endorsements (flood coverage, guaranteed replacement cost, etc.) that buyers might wish to consider.

Nov. 29, 2021

The Times of Israel: Religion, faith, and the criminal justice system

AUDIO: Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, discusses the relationship between religion and crime, the impact of faith on the prison system and the role of faith in accomplishing the goals of the criminal justice system.

Thrive Global: What "The Morning Show” Has to Teach Us About Redemption

Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, offers wise words on the importance of mercy and justice when seeking retribution.

Baptist Standard: Falling Seed: How churches can support eating disorder recovery

Paige Grace, master’s of social work graduate student at the Garland School of Social Work and social work intern at The Center for Church and Community Impact, highlights three truths about eating disorders and offers advice on how churches can support those struggling.

Nov. 30, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Work on Baylor's giant I-35 welcome center, nearby roads reshapes campus' front door

Lori Fogelman, Baylor university spokeswoman, explains how future development surrounding the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center will include businesses that will solidify the welcome center as a visitor destination for the Baylor and Waco communities.

The Dallas Morning News: 3 ways that regular church attendance is good for your health

This article cites a 2019 study by a research team including Paul Froese, Ph.D., professor of sociology, which found that people who went to church regularly slept longer, fell asleep more easily and awoke feeling more rested in the morning.

Dec. 1, 2021

USA Today: Fact check: Congress didn’t print America’s first Bible for use in public schools

Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, debunks the myth that Congress printed Bibles for American public schools in the 1700s, explaining that public schools didn’t exist at the time.

Yahoo! News: Fact check: Congress didn’t print America’s first Bible for use in public schools

Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History and Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, explains that Congress did not print Bibles for public schools.

Dec. 2, 2021

The Daily Yonder: Research: Geography Doesn’t Determine Senior Hunger; Economics and Race Do

Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and professor in the department of economics, is mentioned in this article focusing on his report “The State of Senior Hunger in 2019.”

The Christian Century: Climate change’s threat to Christianity

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, explains how tropical regions with high Christian populations will be impacted by climate change, which will in turn effect Christianity’s future.

Dec. 3, 2021

Baylor Connections: Angela Gorrell, Ph.D.

AUDIO: Amidst the joy of the holiday season, many dealing with loss or trauma in their own life feel grief. Angela Gorrell, Ph.D., assistant professor of practical theology, experienced that type of dichotomy in her own life. While studying joy at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, her family suffered a string of tragedies that led to her to question what it means to find joy in the midst of suffering. Her new book, “The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found,” walks readers through those struggles and what she learned in the process. She takes listeners inside that journey and offers insights on joy in this Baylor Connections.

Business Insider: Impatience can hurt your prospects and your health, but a psychologist says there's a way to stop it

Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, explains the negative impacts of impatience on health and how intentional practices can cultivate patience, improving wellbeing.


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