Professor recognized for writings

first_imgSociology professor Christian Smith recently received honors for his latest works, “What is a Person” and “Souls in Transition,” from top scholarly institutions, including “Choice” magazine and the Lilly Fellows Program. Smith expressed gratitude when presented with his awards and praised the University for its contributions to his research. “You spend years and years working on books, so it’s nice when someone thinks they’re worthwhile. I’m very happy for Notre Dame as well,” Smith said. “The University’s resources have been invaluable to my research.” In addition to teaching sociology courses, Smith serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Director of the Center for Social Research. Smith said he developed an interest in religion and the spiritual lives of youth early in his career. “I was always interested in the field of religion,” he said. “In 2000, I began studying the religious and spiritual lives of teenagers. I find the lives of young people fascinating and a great way to understand culture and society.” “Souls in Transition,” the winner of the 2011 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award, explores spirituality and religion during emerging adulthood, a time Smith defines as between 18 to 23 years of age. “There’s a lot of freedom, opportunity and dangers during this limbo phase between the teenage years and young adulthood,” Smith said. “In the book, I look what happens to the lessons from childhood. Also, growing up in a pluralistic society, I wondered how teenagers would approach spirituality once leaving home and separating from their parents.” While researching for his book, Smith discovered his findings supported previously established claims, while also validating obvious yet surprising explanations concerning the religious lives of young adults. “We have known that going to church declines in this period. There’s not a decline in beliefs necessarily, but more so in public practice,” he said. “It should be obvious then, but the most important factor in shaping the lives of young people is their parents. It’s surprising because we tend to believe parents become less and less important, and this is not the case at all.” Smith has brought his research to the Notre Dame community, hoping that residence staff and campus ministry can help students develop and sustain their spiritual lives during their undergraduate careers. “I have presented my findings to all the rectors, and my main message is if you really want to reach young people with faith, then you have to engage them where they are in their lives,” Smith said. “Notre Dame can’t control what parents have taught, but they can continue to engage students in conversation.” Smith’s other work, “What is a Person,” explores the question of personhood within a comprehensive framework informed by sociological and philosophical principles. “I think social science gets human beings wrong in a lot of ways,” Smith said. “What it means to be a person is something very particular and complicated. If humans are persons, then social science needs to take personhood seriously rather than taking a reductionist view.” Smith said he advocates a pluralist approach, a philosophical system recognizing the possibility of more than one ultimate principle. “We need to develop a better theory of personhood that defends a humanistic view as human beings are special and worthy of dignity,” Smith said. “I think culture is moving away from this view, and it’s a big problem.”last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Heavyweight Sports’ Darren Haines

first_img Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today’s edition is brought to you by Heavyweight Sports’ PR Director Darren Haines, who discusses David Beckham’s Argentinian redemption, a Zico/Roberto Baggio conundrum and a love for “the first Brazilian number 10”.First World Cup Memory 16 June 1982 (Bryan Robson v France). Not just for the goal itself – England’s first in that tournament after just 27 seconds – but everything around it. The shadows on the pitch were a revelation to an eight year old boy, that football could be played in sunshine and not just on the wet and heavy pitches of England, whilst that slightly-off colour hue to the overseas television pictures, and distant sound to the commentary, we used to get in those days added to the World Cup’s sense of far-away wonders. Naranjito was the best World Cup mascot too.Favourite World Cup:Goal David Beckham (England v Argentina, 2002). Watched in a South London pub. Not just for the redemption of Becks and what it meant in the match at the time, but also because a woman then poured her pint in super slow-mo style over my friend’s head, having inadvertently spilt some of his beer on her arm during the celebrations. That happening to your mate is never not funny. An honorary mention, too, for Carlos Alberto’s thunderblast in 1970. Whilst before my time it remains, for me, the archetypal World Cup goal – swaggering team play, sublime skill and a stunning finish – and its yet to be beaten.Player Zico. With Heavyweight putting together many ambassador deals for bookmakers, such as the Alan Shearer partnership for Coral, it has been great to work with one or two World Cup heroes in recent years, such as Big Al, Geoff Hurst (Sky Bet), Michael Owen (BetVictor) and Rio Ferdinand. None of them have disappointed but Zico gets my vote – the first Brazilian Number 10 in my lifetime who in 1982 scored four, including an overhead kick, and assisted four more. Roberto Baggio comes a close second.TeamBrazil, 1982. Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, so it’s back to 1982 again and the side that probably made me truly fall in love with football. Regarded as the greatest team to never win the World Cup, the likes of Socrates, Zico, Junior, Falcao and Eder all produced iconic World Cup moments that we tirelessly tried (and failed) to recreate in the playground. Probably the purest attacking football ever to be played – unfortunately they forgot about defence! Millennials should YouTube it for 20 minutes well spent.Game West Germany v France, 1982. This game sits alongside Brazil-Italy in 1982 and England-Argentina in 1998. They all had drama, tension, goals, comebacks and jaw-dropping moments written into football folklore (Beckham getting sent off, Schumacher not) to prove that heartbreak plays a greater part in football – on and off the pitch – than its more glamorous younger brother jubilation.KitEngland, 1990. There has been plenty of chat about Nigeria’s kit this year being the hipsters’ choice but I’m not sure having sold four million of them strictly qualifies as alternative-cool so surely the unbuyable Iran shirt is this year’s choice of the true hipster. But for me, seeing England’s Italia ’90 kit, whilst not a classic in the design sense, will forever be the one that bristles the hairs on the back of my neck. The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email read more