Wednesday's News & Ideas - 2/7/2018

  • Time to cross boundaries
  • Understanding Trump's religion
  • Many nones head back to church
  • Minecraft's religious worlds
  • Vatican-China deal 'catastrophe'?
  • Well-meaning white people & race

Courageous conversations are no longer optional. It's time to cross boundaries
Baptist News Global: We have to do the hard work to cross the boundaries that divide us or we won't ever be able to find our way back to each other, says the Rev. Amy Butler.

To know Donald Trump's faith is to understand his politics
The (London) Guardian: If you want to know how the next few years of Trump's presidency will pan out, understanding his religion is an important key, says dean of Christ Church college, Oxford.

Plenty of the 'nones' actually head back to church
Christianity Today: Americans who identify as agnostic or "nothing in particular" are four times more likely to change their religious affiliation than Protestants or Catholics.

If you build it, they will pray? Constructing religious worlds with Minecraft
Religion News Service: Minecraft is becoming what some video game makers hoped Christian-themed games would become -- a tool for exploring and advancing religion among gamers.

Retired cardinal hits back at Vatican over deal with China
Associated Press: The retired archbishop of Hong Kong has slammed the Holy See's negotiations with Beijing as a "catastrophe" that would bring suffering to millions of worshippers.

The Spark

Bryan Stevenson on what well-meaning white people need to know about race
At Pacific-Standard, an interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.

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