Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/19/2018

  • Trump supporters sticking with him
  • Evangelicals & the decline of belief
  • America a Christian nation?
  • Rob Bell interview
  • Tax reform & charitable giving
  • Humility, the unfashionable virtue

Religious leaders condemn family separations -- but not necessarily Trump
The Atlantic: His "zero-tolerance" policy has been called "traumatic" and "cruel." But his most stalwart supporters are sticking with him.

Blame evangelicals for the decline in Christian faith
The Daily Beast: Polls show that in a classic example of religion gone wrong, evangelicals' slavish devotion to right wingers is the chief cause of the decline of religious belief.

Is America a Christian nation? Should it be?
Bearings: Lessons from Marilynne Robinson.
The Conversation: What it means to be a Christian in America today

Heresy, holiness, and Oprah: Rob Bell interviewed
Church Times: Having written a book that questioned eternal torment, Rob Bell was branded "the biggest heretic in America." He tells Ed Thornton what took place next.

Will tax reform reduce charitable giving?
Pacific-Standard: New research predicts the new tax law will reduce charitable giving by 4 percent.

The Spark

The silence of the 'I': humility as an unfashionable virtue
Humility is the orphaned virtue of our age, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Religion & Ethics blog. Which is a shame, because it is one of the most expansive and life-enhancing of all virtues. "Humility is what opens us to the world."

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