In some Christian denominations, it’s getting more common to see women preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Still, it’s a slow cultural shift – some denominations don’t allow female pastors, and many churches that do are just getting female pastors for the first time. All that’s to say that being a clergy woman has its own set of challenges – and those challenges come into play on the dating scene.
Awareness of death can lead people to strengthen and defend their own religious beliefs, according to a recent psychological study led by MU researcher Kenneth Vail.
And that doesn't just apply to those who believe in a higher power already.
The foundation of Vail's researcg comes from the idea that part of the motivation for religious belief is the awareness of death – an idea that has deep philosophical roots, Vail said. Recent experimental research also points to the notion that people use belief to help manage awareness of mortality.
Cliff Cain is the first to hold the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton.
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Sharon Harrod, Cliff Cain and Jim Harrod share excitement before a Westminster College lecture. The Harrods initiated the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies as a way to give back to the college; Cain is the first to hold the position.