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Spring 2006, Vol. 33 No. 2

Editor’s Preface

As this issue comes to you, The DaVinci Code – the movie, has opened around the world after years atop bestseller lists. If ever there was a topic at the intersection of religion and education . . .well, religion at least. One would hope education also. This phenomenon should be recognized as a major teaching and learning moment. There are numerous windows into fruitful discussions here if people can keep from rushing to the barricades. Indeed, this movie exemplifies the high profile that the topic of religion currently enjoys from politics to pop culture.

Religion and spirituality are also on the minds of many in one of our oldest, most respected institutions – one long thought to be hostile or at least indifferent to religion: higher education. For this issue, guest editors Peter Laurence (a member of our editorial board) and Joseph Subbiondo assembled some of the leading scholars currently thinking about spirituality in higher education. In their preface that follows, Laurence and Subbiondo explain the origin of this work. We welcome their contributions to the journal and hope that these ideas will evoke further discussion.

In the fall we devote a major portion of the issue to the intelligent design and evolution phenomenon. The 120 plus page Dover decision did not settle the matter for many. We invited an article from the Discovery Institute making the case for intelligent design in the science curriculum and we have an article from philosopher Robert Money arguing against it. Robert Nash and Penny Bishop will offer a piece mediating the discussion, and Charles Russo will outline the legal parameters established by court decisions.

The cover art is Lotus Mandala by Geoffrey Koetsch. It was part of the October 2001 exhibit, A Question of Faith, at the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art.

Michael D. Waggoner, Editor
Religion and Education
Spring 2006