Friday's News & Ideas - 8/10/2018

  • Responding to fundamentalism
  • Brett Kavanaugh & religion cases
  • Katie Geneva Cannon, RIP
  • Sessions cleared on UMC complaint
  • Last Temptation @ 30
  • Donald Hall on writing less

Fundamentalism has (almost) won: Now what?
Baptist News Global: Fundamentalist ideology increasingly defines Protestant approaches to the nature of faith and national governance. How might non-fundamentalists respond?

How would Brett Kavanagh rule in Supreme Court religion cases?
Religion News Service: If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, the Supreme Court will likely become more accommodating to conservative religious interests and concerns. But it won't necessarily become as accommodating as those on the religious right would like.

Katie Geneva Cannon, groundbreaking womanist theologian and ethicist, dies at age 68
The Christian Century: Katie Geneva Cannon, one of the founders of womanist theology and ethics, died on August 8 at age 68. She had acute leukemia.

Jeff Sessions cleared in church complaint, perplexing some top Methodists
Religion News Service: UMC officials in Alabama have dismissed a complaint signed by more than 600 church members in July that chided Attorney General Jeff Sessions for implementing the family separation policy along the border and attempting to justify it with Scripture.

The Last Temptation of Christ at 30: how Scorsese's drama still soars
The (London) Guardian: The controversial 1988 film was protested upon release but decades later remains one of the most fascinating films about religion ever made.

The Spark

Notes nearing ninety: learning to write less
Donald Hall, who died in June at 89, was a prolific poet, essayist, and editor. The Paris Review has an excerpt from his final book of essays compiled before his death, "A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety."

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