Friday's News & Ideas - 6/2/2017

  • Religious leaders react to Paris agreement decision
  • Evangelicals, Jews, still hope for embassy move
  • Clergy sex abuse victim claims rise
  • Intolerance not the global norm
  • What can computers tell us about religion?
  • Nigeria’s first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion

Strong religious reaction to Trump climate accord decision
Religion News Service: Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Muslims and others reacted vigorously and emotionally to President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. While leaders of the so-called religious left were overwhelmingly critical of the move, conservatives were somewhat divided.
Washington Post: Why don’t Christian conservatives worry about climate change? God.
The Conversation: Are we overreacting to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate?

Trump’s evangelical supporters disappointed about Israel embassy decision
Religion News Service: The decision to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has disappointed conservative Christians but many expect the long-awaited move will still occur.
The Forward: Pro-Israel Trump supporters grapple with flip-flop on moving embassy to Jerusalem

Church saw sharp rise in clergy sex abuse victims who came forward last year
Boston Globe: The number of victims who brought new claims of sexual abuse by clergy rose sharply last year, fueled in large part by a surge of allegations from Minnesota, according to a report by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This is where intolerance is highest on religion, culture, race
Bloomberg: At a time when media headlines point to a spike in global intolerance, here’s some good news: a new international poll indicates that most people around the world don’t say they believe any single race, religion or culture is better than another.

What computer modeling can tell us about religion
BU Today: Researchers at the Boston University School of Theology use computer modeling to help religion scholars test previously unanswerable questions.

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Nigeria’s first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion challenges colonial narratives
How About Now?, co-curated by Adenrele Sonariwo and Emmanuel Iduma, features three installations at the international contemporary visual art exhibition in Venice. They all deal, in some form, with the notion of time and the impulse to shape a cultural and national identity outside of the colonialist narrative that the country has long been forced into. For a country mired in a history of colonialism, the concept of "now" is particularly essential.