Wabash College religion center gets $7.8 million

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Wabash College says it has received a $7.8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to continue the programs of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

The 18-year-old center's mission is to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the fields of theology and religion in North American theological schools, colleges and universities.

The grant will let the center continue programming through 2018. It brings to more than $48 million the total grants the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has given the center.

More than 1,100 faculty members from across the U.S. and Canada have participated in Wabash's teaching workshops, and the center has worked with more than 280 theological schools and religion departments to help them enhance their teaching and learning practices.

Wabash College is in Crawfordsville, about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis.


  • yeah, it's sad.
    They can do with their endowment what they please, and Lilly can throw penis-pill money at it all they wish. But clearly, the teaching of theology isn't what needs "strengthening" in the US. It's the teaching of science, creativity, and critical thinking that needs a big fat Lilly shot in the arm.
  • Seriously, DC?
    A Christian telling people to mind their own business? Thanks for the major laugh!
  • What a waste
    What is a waste are the negative comments about this grant. It is not your money so why would you even care? Go make millions and form your own foundation. That way you can give money for whatever reason or cause YOU choose. The Lilly family did and the Endowment carries on the purposes for which it was formed.
  • What a Waste
    Berwickguy: Yes, your Big Book of Jewish Fairy Tales, written in the Bronze Age by anonymous authors, has a lot of great wisdom, such as God's express authorization for you to sell your daughters into slavery [Exodus 21:7}. However, there are conflicting instructions in the Koran of Islam, the Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism, and the Tripitaka of Buddhism. I and billions of others would be interested in the comprehensive investigation that you undertook to unequivocally confirm that Christianity was the one true religion, rather than any of the others. Or are you just assuming that you were one of the lucky ones that happened to be born in the right religion? And here's a newsflash, all of the members of these other religions "know in their hearts" that they're in the correct religion, too. What d'ya think is going on there? Is Jesus just messin' with those other guys?
  • Hey berwickguy
    Why are religious people so self-righteous? Seems like you're the perfect person to ask.
  • NFOR
    Just a thought, there is, in fact, the Bible, aka, "Basic Instrustions Before Leaving Earth", that has transcended many generations, and moreso, there is faith. Take a plunge, invite the Holy Spirit to enlighten you, for afterall, at this point, you embody God's words that say, "Man's wisdom is God's folly. My prayers and best wishes go out to you.
    • What a Waste
      Thomas Paine, one of the fathers of the American Revolution, had it exactly right when he said in his book, The Age of Reason, that: The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion. Not any thing can be studied as a science, without our being in possession of the principles upon which it is founded; and as this is not the case with Christian theology, it is therefore the study of nothing." And so we have a $7.8 million dollar grant for the study of nothing. What a waste.

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