Tuesday's News & Ideas - 1/29/2019

  • Problem with 'religious left' rise
  • Seeing like Mary Oliver
  • Mary, 'first influencer'?
  • Scripture & food
  • Evangelical exit ramp from Trump
  • Why poverty is like a disease

The problem with the latest predictions for 'the rise of the religious left'
Religion Dispatches: Not only are claims that the religious left is "on the rise" as old as the contemporary religious right itself, but the framing of the religious left may actually enable the religious right further.

Observing the everywhere
Convivium: The mid-January death of beloved American poet Mary Oliver should renew in readers the spirit in which she wrote: patient attention to creation's mysteries.

It's hilarious that the Pope called Mary the "first influencer," but it's also totally something he would do
Slate: Pope Francis' description of the mother of Jesus as the "first 'influencer " struck many as surprising for several reasons, not least because Mary was a Jewish Galilean peasant born in the first century BCE who was not that active on Instagram.

Margaret Feinberg: Scripture is my food for thought
Christianity Today: A conversation with the author of 'Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers.'

Evangelical Christians need an exit ramp from Trumpism
Religion News Service: A Republican primary challenge has zero chance of success unless a significant number of white evangelicals get off of Trump's Road to Reelection before 2020.

The Spark

Why poverty is like a disease
Christian H. Cooper is the face of the self-made rags-to-riches success story. But that story is a myth, he writes at Nautilus. Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.

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