Friday's News & Ideas - 7/14/2017

  • Peterson backtracks on interview
  • Pope confidant slams US religious right
  • Black pastors sue Coca-Cola
  • Creationism support at new low
  • Fate of Iraq's largest Christian city
  • Pope: 'No whining'

Popular author Eugene Peterson: Actually, I would not perform a gay marriage
The Washington Post: In a new statement, Peterson backtracked on a recent interview, saying that his view of marriage is that it should be between a man and a woman.
Religion News Service: Eugene Peterson backtracks on same-sex marriage

Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right
Associated Press: A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred.

'We're losing more people to the sweets than to the streets': Why two black pastors are suing Coca-Cola
The Washington Post: William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.'s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Creationism support is at a new low. The reason should give us hope.
USA Today: People aren't dumping faith. They're reconciling creationism and evolution in a way that suggests how we can bridge other polarizing divides, including the current health care impasse.

The uncertain fate of Iraq's largest Christian city
Spiegel: Now liberated after three years of occupation, little remains of Iraq's largest Christian city and former residents are considering whether it's worth rebuilding in a country with an unclear future.

The Spark

Pope tacks sign on his apartment door: "No Whining"
If anyone had any doubts how Pope Francis feels about people who always complain, the answer, Reuters reports, is now tacked to the door of his frugal suite in a Vatican residence: "No Whining".

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