Friday's News & Ideas - 7/28/2017

  • Evangelical input on transgender ban
  • Trump's treatment of Sessions
  • Why wealthy give
  • Charlie Gard's parents & love
  • Electricity & religion
  • Melting pot meltdown

Trump's evangelical advisors reportedly discussed transgender ban at White House meeting
Religion News Service: Evangelical Christian leaders who informally advise the president discussed reversing the year-old policy two weeks ago at a meeting arranged by White House staff in Washington, D.C.

Trump's treatment of Sessions should alarm his loyal evangelical fans
The Washington Post: The evangelical community is tarnished with no guarantee of reciprocal loyalty.

Wealthy people give to charity for different reasons than the rest of us
Scientific American: Charitable appeals work best when tailored to how people see themselves.

Charlie Gard's parents show the strength of human love
The (London) Guardian: When it comes to morality, the passion of love must carry greater weight than the calculations of reason, Giles Fraser says.

The forgotten religions that worshipped electricity
OZY: With its weird, invisible powers and suggestion of vitality and mind power, electricity played a major role in the religious imagination, author says.

The Spark

America the divided: why the great melting pot is having a meltdown
In an interview with Knowledge @ Wharton, author Mugambi Jouet dissects the causes of deep chasms within American society from an outsider's viewpoint. At the core of the divide, he finds four factors: fervent Christian fundamentalism, profound anti-intellectualism, visceral suspicion of government and racial resentment.

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