Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/1/2019

  • Josh Harris: 'not a Christian'
  • Does sex offender list help churches?
  • Dig finds Church of Apostles
  • Police need to know religion
  • Don’t blame poor for poverty
  • Steinbeck’s French tale

Megachurch pastor, purity advocate says he's no longer Christian
Associated Press: “I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus,” Joshua Harris announced. “By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”

More churches are checking the national sex offender registry. Is it helping?
Religion News Service: Many denominations are using searchable databases on prospective employees. But that may give churches and other religious groups a false sense of security about preventing abuse, experts say.

Archaeologists have searched for the Church of the Apostles for years. They say they've found it near the Sea of Galilee
CNN: An ancient church long-rumored to be built over the house where the apostles Peter and Andrew lived has been found near the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Few police officers are religion experts. That can create big problems
Deseret News: Few Americans know a lot about religion. However, if you're a police officer, such confusion could lead you to insult or harm the people you're supposed to protect.

Stop blaming America’s poor for their poverty
Bloomberg: In Japan, people work hard, few abuse drugs, crime is minimal and single mothers are rare. The country still has lots of poverty.

The Spark

Crêpes of wrath: Unknown John Steinbeck tale of a chef discovered
Steinbeck’s “The Amiable Fleas,” which charts a chef’s comical love for his cat Apollo, has been translated into English for the first time, The Guardian reports.

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