Monday's News & Ideas - 2/12/2018

  • How Christianity took over
  • CoE spending on sexual abuse
  • China's view of Catholicism
  • Reviving MLK's most radical campaign
  • Bible Museum
  • Why roses on Valentine's Day?

Bart Ehrman's latest: How Christianity took over the Western world
Religion News Service: Scholars have been grappling with how Christianity exploded on the scene for a long time. Bart Ehrman's goal is to bring that issue to the masses in plain English, marshaling the evidence and crunching the numbers.

C of E facing 3,300 sexual abuse claims, figures reveal
The (London) Guardian: Church of England spending on issues relating to sexual abuse has increased fivefold since 2014 and the most recent figures show it is facing more than 3,300 allegations.

Catholics have a messaging problem in China
The Atlantic: The Vatican seems desperate to beat Protestantism in the race for Chinese souls. Can it convince the population that it's not a "cult"?

A pastor helps revive MLK's most radical campaign
CNN: Most pastors say they preach the truth. The Rev. William Barber also delivers sermons on another topic: "the trick."

The Bible Museum in D.C.: turning theology into history?
Haaretz: Funded by a billionaire evangelical family, and with construction costs of $500 million, the Museum of the Bible is the most intriguing and most talked-about attraction in town.

The Spark

Why do we buy roses on Valentine's Day?
Big Think reports that 54.7 percent of U.S. adults will celebrate Valentine's Day this week by engaging in some form of buying stuff. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion and $2 billion of it will be spent on flowers. Most of them: roses. But why is that?

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