Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/1/2019

  • Future mainline theology
  • Anti-Semitism stats
  • Church tax still popular
  • Islamophobia is politics
  • Call for censure of pope
  • Spoilers, a history

After boomer religion
Commonweal: Statements like Serene Jones’s on the bodily resurrection in the NYT don’t actually represent the future of theology in the mainline, says Wesley Hill.

Anti-Semitism hit ‘near-historic levels’ in 2018, report finds
HuffPost: Physical attacks on the Jewish community more than doubled, the Anti-Defamation League finds.
Forward: Right-wing responsible for 71% of anti-Semitic, extremist incidents

In Western European countries with church taxes, support for the tradition remains strong
Pew: Though some Europeans are opting out, many view religious institutions as key contributors to the common good.

Islamophobia is about politics, not faith: New study explores impact on 2020 elections
Salon: Islamophobia is on the rise, with 44 percent of white evangelicals holding negative views of Muslims.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding: American Muslim poll 2019

Conservative critics call on bishops to censure Pope Francis for heresy
Crux: A new open letter from conservative critics of Pope Francis has called on the world’s bishops to censure him and - if necessary - declare that he is no longer pope.

The Spark

Spoilers have been infuriating people since Victorian times
According to Quartz, our Victorian forebears wouldn’t have called them “spoilers,” but they were often as conscious as we are that the joys of watching or reading fiction can depend on not knowing what’s to come.

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