Friday's News & Ideas - 5/25/2018

  • Abuse & seminary education
  • Carter/Falwell history
  • Alexa & the big questions
  • Superstar Curry & political change?
  • Catholics & evangelicals move apart
  • Six basic story types

Paige Patterson, women's voices and the gaping hole in education
Baptist News Global: The fact that pastors continue to be woefully under-informed about responding to abuse is ethically irresponsible, says Kyndall Rae Rothaus.
Baptist News Global: Paige Patterson unrepentant after seminary trustee action

The tense history behind Jimmy Carter's Liberty U. commencement address
Religion Dispatches: Carter and the Falwell family have had an uneasy relationship over the years.

Alexa, when did the Church of England become so tech-savvy?
The (London) Guardian: The Amazon assistant can now help you with your Anglican needs. Just don't expect answers to the really big questions, Andrew Brown says.

The royal wedding made Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry a superstar. Can the religious left translate that into political change?
The Washington Post: The 65-year-old priest is now the repository of hope for progressive Christians who want to reclaim their faith from conservative evangelicals.

Roman Catholics and evangelicals move apart in their political priorities
NPR: Having been adversaries and then allies, Catholics and evangelicals once again have differing political agendas.

The Spark

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots
Thanks to new text-mining techniques, researchers have analyzed over 1,700 English novels to reveal six basic story types. But can they be applied to our most-loved tales? The BBC takes a look.

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