Friday's News & Ideas - 4/14/2017

  • Scenes from Holy Week
  • Good Friday tremors
  • Messiah & politics
  • Slut-shaming Mary Magdalene
  • Organists needed for Easter
  • Classical music workout

Scenes from Holy Week
The Atlantic: Here are images of Christians around the world celebrating Holy Week.

Good Friday: Feel as the original disciples, feel the tremors
National Catholic Reporter: Today, it is important not to anticipate Easter morning but to sit with these dark doubts. Today, the Christian imagination is darkened utterly.

God save us all from the dangers of this intense religious fervor
The (London) Guardian: Behind the promise of the messiah is the terrifying idea of a world beyond the need for politics and compromise, Giles Fraser says.

On Easter, Mary Magdalene will be maligned as a prostitute. Except she wasn't.
The Washington Post: It's a 2,000-year-old slut-shaming that a group of Christian women is trying to stop.

Organists declining but still in demand for Easter
Religion News Service: It's a dilemma facing many churches: aging, though often enthusiastic, organists. That means younger musicians are in demand, especially on Easter Sunday.

The Spark

The classical music concert is a vital workout for our sagging, flabby attention spans
Even for newcomers who can't tell the difference between Bach and Beethoven, there's an argument for going to the symphony, Quartz reports. A regimen of classical concert-going might be able to allay today's sagging attention spans and flabby focus muscles.

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