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Evangelicals’ surprising view of science and what it may mean
(RNS) — A new book finds many religious Americans are quite willing to try to reconcile their starting assumptions about God with any scientific claims presented to them. (COMMENTARY)
Martin Luther’s ‘dream’ church? It wasn’t in Europe
(RNS) — The revelation that Ethiopian Christianity possibly had links to the Protestant Reformation is a game-changer for what is generally thought to be an exclusively European phenomenon. (COMMENTARY)
How we can disrupt the logic of the dominant narrative
(RNS) — ‘In the era of Trump, it is more important than ever to see as we could not or would not see before — to understand and heed our call to resist,’ writes the Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews.
Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence signed by the Vatican secretary of state in the pope’s name.
A call to national service — for young Jews and non-Jews
(RNS) — Imagine if our country cultivated an environment in which the most commonly asked question of a young person turning 18 or just graduating from college was not ‘Where are you going to college?’ or ‘Where are you going to work?’ but ‘Where are you going to serve?,’ writes E. Robert Goodkind.
Mormons and the Boy Scouts: Heading down different trails
(RNS) — ‘Separation from the BSA will allow the church to continue distinct programs for boys and girls, each designed to train the next generation in their designated gender roles,’ writes Benjamin Park.
I don’t like niqabs and burqas — but they should be legal
(RNS) — It’s hard to think of a way to more quickly alienate new neighbors we want to fully buy in to our way of life than to mock and restrict their clothing, writes John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Unrelenting killing of Coptic Christians intensifies debate over martyrdom
CAIRO (RNS) — ‘We need to stop viewing this harassment toward us with pride and saying terrorism gives us a chance to play the same role our ancestors did like in those Sunday school stories about the torture of martyrs,’ said Bassem Al-Janoubie, an Egyptian Coptic Christian.
Taking away the parsonage allowance is religious discrimination
(RNS) — ‘The ruling breaks nearly 65 years of precedent and threatens churches across the country with nearly $1 billion in new taxes. It will also have devastating effects on pastors like me,’ writes Chris Butler.
Religious objection order gives broad leeway to employers to drop birth control coverage
(USA Today) — The new rules allow any employer or insurer to stop covering contraceptive services if it has religious beliefs or moral convictions against covering birth control.
Diwali festivals grow in US, from Disney to Times Square
(AP) — The festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in India and other countries — long observed in immigrant communities around the U.S. — is now going mainstream.
Anti-Muslim hazing leads to felony charges for Wheaton football players
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A student alleges that the players put him in the back seat of a car and — with Middle Eastern music playing — made offensive comments about Muslims and told him that he was being kidnapped by Muslims.
Catholic leaders decry Dems’ questioning of judicial pick
(AP) — Democrats focused on whether Amy Coney Barrett’s personal views would override her legal judgment, especially with respect to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Lost Latin commentary on the Gospels rediscovered after 1,500 years
Textual analysis using the digitized text of this 4th-century manuscript has established its authenticity.
Under pressure, Trump condemns white supremacy after Charlottesville violence
(USA Today) — Others continued to question the delay in Trump speaking out against racism. ‘The President of the United States should not have to be publicly shamed into condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists,’ Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., tweeted.