Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/23/2018

  • Museum removes fake artifacts
  • Eugene Peterson dead at 85
  • Can agency reject non-Christians?
  • Bishop worries moderates are not heard
  • Moral concerns about hajj
  • Families are prisoners of clutter

Museum of the Bible says 5 of its most famed artifacts are fake
NPR: The Museum of the Bible said on Monday that five of its 16 famous Dead Sea Scrolls fragments are fakes. A team of German experts analyzed the privately funded Washington, D.C., museum's fragments and found they had "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin." The fragments will no longer be displayed at the museum.

Eugene Peterson, author of ‘The Message’ and pastor to other pastors, dies at age 85
Religion News Service: Eugene Peterson, the best-selling author of “The Message” and longtime pastor praised as a “shepherd’s shepherd,” passed away Oct. 22. Among Peterson’s last words were, “Let’s go,” according to a statement from his family.

Can a Christian foster care group reject non-Christians? The Trump administration may say yes.
Vox: The Trump administration is considering a request from South Carolina faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill to continue denying non-Christian parents from fostering children.

Bishop Michael Curry: 'moderate religious voices' are not being heard
The Guardian: The U.S. bishop who shot to global fame after preaching at the royal wedding talks about his concern that Christian leaders are ‘buying into political agendas.’

As a Muslim, I can't bring myself to go on hajj while it enriches Saudi Arabia
Dallas Morning News: I've always dreamed of converging with fellow Muslims on the location believed to be the birthplace of our final prophet, and where the first words of the Quran were revealed, writes Aymann Ismail. Now I'm starting to wonder how I can go at all. And I'm also wondering why more Muslims don't question the powers that control our most sacred site, he writes.

The Spark

Today's families are prisoners of their own clutter
Researchers who studied families in Southern California present a frightening picture of life in a consumer-driven society. They documented expensive but virtually unused “master suites,” children who rarely go outside, stacks of clutter, and entire walls devoted to displays of Beanie Babies and other toys. The just-published, 171-page “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century” contains real-life photos of pantries, offices, and backyards, and details a generally Zen-free existence.