Friday's News & Ideas

  • Just war & Syria intervention
  • Labor's religious roots
  • Hollywood gets religion
  • Bivocational red flag
  • eScapegoat
  • Seamus Heaney, RIP

The ethics of a Syrian military intervention: The experts respondReligion News Service: Would the "Just War" doctrine justify U.S. military action, and what is America's moral responsibility?

Labor Day and the unions' forgotten religious rootsReligion News Service: Union leaders have forgotten the religious roots of organized labor in this country.

Hollywood's next big thing: religionChristian Science Monitor: Hollywood is turning to the Bible for an array of new films and television shows.Variety: Religion doc 'God Loves Uganda' set for U.S. release

A bivocational minister warns against bivocational ministryChristian Century: Carol Howard Merritt wants to raise a red flag against bivocational ministry as a path to our vital future.

Another way for Jews to atone this Yom Kippur: the eScapegoatReligion News Service: Since its Aug. 8 debut, more than 7,900 people have submitted their sins to the interactive eScapegoat.

The Spark

Seamus Heaney's 1995 Nobel LectureIrish poet Seamus Heaney, 74, died today in Dublin after a short illness. The Belfast Telegraph marked the occasion by reprinting his 1995 Nobel lecture. "I credit (poetry)," Heaney told his audience, "because credit is due to it, in our time and in all time, for its truth to life, in every sense of that phrase."

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