Thursday's News & Ideas - 1/18/2018

  • Evangelicals in Latin America
  • Bible quoters or Bible readers?
  • HHS plan for health workers
  • New monasticism in CoE
  • Pro-life > anti-abortion
  • Hellish e-waste dumps

Perfect marriage: evangelicals and conservatives in Latin America
The New York Times: How have evangelicals become so politically powerful in Latin America? The answer has to do with their new political tactics.

Have Bible quoters replaced Bible readers?
RussellMoore.com: Biblical interpretation in American evangelicalism tends to be trickle-down, from the entrepreneurial ministry pioneers to everyone else.

Trump to overhaul HHS office, shield health workers with moral objections
Politico: The Trump administration is expected to announce an overhaul of the HHS civil rights office as part of a plan to protect health workers who don't want to perform services for which they have religious or moral objections.

New monasticism: Why are so many young people choosing to become temporary monks?
Christian Today: Trend is developing across the Church of England -- "new monasticism," a rediscovery of an ancient religious practice.

Pro-life' must encompass more than opposition to abortion
Religion News Service: If being "pro-life" only means opposing abortion, we need a better conversation about the myriad ways human life is threatened today, John Gehring says.

The Spark

See inside the hellish e-waste dumps where old electronics go to die
As Fast Company reports, a new book, CTRL-X: A Topography of E-Waste, shows what happened to the world's old phones: They're in India, or Ghana, or China, being mined for precious metals in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

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