Category: News Digest

Public Religion in the News Digest, January 10, 2020

Religion New Service lists the top 10 religious news stories of the past decade: From the article: Benedict XVI resignation; Islamophobia; clergy sex abuse; #ChurchToo; the “nones”; mass shootings at houses of worship; gay ordination/gay marriage; evangelicals and power; anti-Semitic attacks; religious freedom (trumping all other rights). Washington Post interviews Sojourners’ Jim Wallis regarding the […]

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Public Religion in the News Digest, December 20, 2019

Religion cases coming to the Supreme Court: who does a “ministerial exemption” include? (for another article on this matter, see this one from the Washington Post). From the article: “The Establishment Clause prevents the Government from appointing ministers,” Chief Justice John Roberts explained for his Court, “and the Free Exercise Clause prevents it from interfering […]

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Public Religion in the News Digest, December 13, 2019

Fuller Seminary, LGBTQ inclusion, and the non-discrimination requirements that come with federal student loan programs. I don’t know if this is another issue that may simply be resolved at a local level (see the following article by David Gushee; this case is not unique). But the case illustrates the conflict between public morality which differs […]

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Public Religion in the News Digest, November 22, 2019

New White House employee Paula White has asked each of her followers (she is a prosperity gospel preacher) to give her $229. In return, she will give instruction in how to defeat one’s enemies. From the article: White tells believers that in exchange for their money they will receive a “teaching series” on how to […]

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Public Religion in the News Digest, November 15, 2019

Nicholas Kristof’s review of Karen Armstrong’s The Lost Art of Scripture. Karen Armstrong is a well-known scholar who writes books for an educated laity. I’m sure the book will be a good read. And the review per se, includes some wonderful lines. Here is an example: The ancient Chinese scholar Xunzi complained about an early […]

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Public Religion in the News Digest, November 1, 2019

Why Democratic candidates need to talk about religion better and more often. Frank Bruni opinion piece. As a friend pointed out to me, over 20 years ago George Lakoff said the Democrats had a problem using moral and religious categories (and her point was that Marianne Williamson’s approach—using the language of spirituality rather than religion […]

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Public Religion News Digest, October 25, 2019

Dallas Officer Convicted of Murder, Victim’s Brother Offers Forgiveness, Judge Gives a Hug Who can offer forgiveness? Does forgiveness require that the offender ask for it? These and other questions are raised, once again, in the extraordinary scenes in the courtroom of a Dallas police officer convicted of murder and the actions of the victim’s […]

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Public Religion News Digest, October 18, 2019

Islamophobia: A Bipartisan Xenophobia in American Politics Liberal Islamophobia? Not as bad or as explicit as on the Right, but it is there.   The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity “[A]s a starting point, evangelical Christians should acknowledge the profound damage that’s being done to their movement by its braided political relationship—its love affair, to […]

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