Tuesday's News & Ideas - 5/22/2018

  • America's understanding of God
  • Curry sermon's staying power?
  • Rise of the religious left
  • Church security seminar
  • Volf on theology of joy
  • Human alarm clock

How America's understanding of God is changing
Bearings: Many who call themselves "spiritual but not religious" as well as many who have left religion behind are essentially promoting a "protest theology" against an arid or distorted representation of God.

Episcopalians reflect on staying power of 'the sermon that stole the show'
Religion News Service: Days after the royal wedding, it's the address by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, people still are talking about.

'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': rise of the religious left
The (London) Guardian: From healthcare to tax and immigration, Rev. William Barber and the Poor People's Campaign are driven by faith to focus on the disadvantaged.

At a church security seminar: Guns, God and 'get those heads up' when you pray
The Los Angeles Times: Churchgoers, preachers and law enforcement officers from across Southern California gathered for a church security seminar hosted by the California Rifle & Pistol Assn., which delivered a warning: Faith alone will not protect you in a house of God.

Miroslav Volf delves into the theology of joy: A Q&A
Religion News Service: Theologian Miroslav Volf, who has written books on subjects ranging from the Trinity to the challenges of reconciliation in divided societies, has turned to what might seem like a frivolous subject: joy.

The Spark

Remembering the 'knocker-ups' hired to wake workers with pea shooters
The modern worker rolls out of bed, groans, and turns off an alarm clock. But as Atlas Obscura reports, industrial-era British and Irish workers relied on a different method for rising each morning -- a human alarm clock known as a "knocker-up."

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