Wednesday's News & Ideas - 10/3/2018

  • Confidence in Pope down sharply
  • Kate Bowler & theodicy
  • Science for seminaries
  • Bring back blue laws?
  • Samaritan's Purse cancels ads
  • Southern code of silence

Confidence in Pope Francis down sharply in U.S.
Pew Forum: By a two-to-one margin, American Catholics now give Francis negative marks for his handling of the sex abuse scandal.

The burden of suffering, the weightiness of love: Kate Bowler and theodicy
America: Kate Bowler's memoir, America magazine's newest selection for the Catholic Book Club, is an elegant theodicy exactly because it is not an explanation.

America's clergy are teaming up with scientists
Wired: The American Association for the Advancement of Science plans to expand its "Science for Seminaries" program to as many as 35 more schools over the next five years.

Why we need "blue laws," the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work
Vox: Religious "blue laws" achieve many of the same goals as progressive labor unions.

Samaritan's Purse cancels ads in magazine that has criticized Franklin Graham
Baptist News Global: Relevant, a Christian lifestyle magazine targeting readers in their 20s and 30s, has lost a big advertiser, allegedly over critical reporting about evangelist Franklin Graham.

The Spark

The Southern code of silence
Mary-Ann Anderson of Hazlehurst, Georgia, was hot when she was young. So hot, in fact, she could set the woods on fire, she writes at The Bitter Southerner. Or at least those are the exact words a creep said to her a long time ago. "Now, the funny thing is, I have a burning desire to tell my story."

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