Friday's News & Ideas - 2/9/2018

  • Event againstĀ 'toxic evangelicalism'
  • White House & evangelicals
  • Catholic funerals are better
  • Lawsuit vs. Christian retreat community
  • Shrove Tuesday ballgame
  • Achtung Baby

Christian group plans 'revival' to protest 'toxic evangelicalism'
Religion News Service: Organizers say their event in the spring will "stand in stark contrast to the distorted Christian nationalism that many white evangelical leaders have become known for."

Evangelicals find door to White House is open
The New York Times: As President Trump prepares to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, conservative religious leaders have hailed the president's first-year agenda as their own.

Catholic funerals are consistently better theologically
National Catholic Reporter: Catholic funerals are deeply grounded theologically and tie lives up in a way that gives them profound meaning from baptism to and beyond death, says Bill Tameus.

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses
The (London) Guardian: What started out as a modest camping ground for Methodist families 140 years ago is now for many an idyllic community -- but a lawsuit will test its rule that only practicing Christians can own property.

The pain and pride of Britain's wildest ballgame
Narratively: Every Shrove Tuesday, the entire town of Ashbourne erupts in a brutal football match where almost anything goes and the rare glory of scoring a goal is savored for generations.

The Spark

Volk heroes
"Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children" offers a fun look at how Germans raise their kids. But as Slate reports, "it's devastating to consider just how unlikely it is that we'll ever adopt any of these delightful German habits on a societal level."

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