Religion and the Internet: Huffington Post Editor to Speak at Concordia

Concordia’s Forum on Faith and Life welcomes the Rev. Paul Raushenbush to campus to speak about religion, interfaith and the Internet.

Raushenbush met with a small group of faculty, staff and students over lunch and then spoke with a religion class about interfaith on Tuesday afternoon. He will present a free public lecture tonight at 7 p.m. in the Centrum on Concordia’s campus.

“I think the Internet is key to interfaith dialogue,” Raushenbush said. “The opportunity for someone from a homogenous community to interact with someone across the world is there, unlike ever before.”

Raushenbush has worked as the senior religion editor for The Huffington Post since 2011. In that time, he developed a comprehensive interfaith religion website that is currently the No. 1 source for religious news on the Internet.

He spoke about interfaith opportunities with students in the “Faith in Dialogue: Interfaith Leadership” class and praised the ELCA, Concordia’s faith foundation, on being open and welcome to discussion between faiths.

“By the tradition of this school, you are encouraged to do interfaith dialogue,” he said.

Raushenbush’s lecture will be streamed live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

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Raushenbush’s visit is sponsored by the Forum on Faith and Life and is designed to showcase the new religion concentration in faith and leadership.

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