Tuesday's News & Ideas - 8/1/2017

  • Jimmy Carter's Bible study
  • 7,150 nuns vs. Trumpcare
  • Claiborne / Falwell debate?
  • Moviegoer pilgrims
  • Cairo's Islam advice kiosk
  • Dogmatic campus activists

A Bible study led by 92-year-old Jimmy Carter is a sight to behold
Religion News Service: Everyone has come for the same reason -- to see 92-year-old Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, conduct Bible study at Maranatha Baptist Church.

The 7,150 nuns who fought against Trumpcare
The Washington Post: Nuns' plea was a reminder that religious witness in politics is not confined to the political right, says E.J. Dionne Jr.

Shane Claiborne challenges Jerry Falwell to debate Trump and Jesus
Christian Today: Radical Christian Shane Claiborne has challenged Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. to a public debate following the defeat in the Senate of a bill aimed at repealing Obamacare.

When do moviegoers become pilgrims?
The Conversation: Film-induced travels can turn into something more than merely tourism: Distinctions between tourism and pilgrimage, on-screen reality and off-screen reality, and the secular and sacred grow blurry.

Egyptian Islamic authority sets up fatwa kiosk in Cairo metro
The (London) Guardian: Travelers passing through al-Shohada station are being offered chance to get advice from religious scholars inside booth.

The Spark

Are campus activists too dogmatic?
College students today have been accused of falling into a kind of fundamentalism in their efforts to call out racism, sexism, and other forms of intolerance. As The Atlantic reports, they often take an almost religious approach to politics, rooted in a belief in the irredeemable sin of America and its mainstream.

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