Wednesday's News & Ideas - 5/22/2019

  • Lifeway survey on abuse
  • Secular godparents
  • Loving children & guns?
  • Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’
  • Ramadan in Congress
  • Robinson on politics, poverty

1 in 10 young Protestants have left a church over abuse
Christianity Today: As the generation most likely to report experiencing misconduct and least likely to tolerate it, Christians under 35 stand to shape how congregations respond.
Religion News Service: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come

The modern, secular godparent
The Atlantic: As Americans become less religious, some families are still looking for a mentor for their kids, albeit not a spiritual one.

Do we love children enough to put our guns aside?
Baptist News Global: More than 228,000 children in the United States have been exposed to gun violence at school in the past 20 years.

Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is not a typical World War II drama
Vox: The latest from the director of “The Tree of Life” deconstructs religion and nationalism by looking at someone who refused to fight.

Ilhan Omar breaks Ramadan fast with Democrats in historic first for Congress
The (London) Guardian: The breaking of the fast was the first to be organized by three Muslim members of Congress and be attended by party leadership.

The Spark

Is poverty necessary?
Marilynne Robinson reflects in Harper’s Magazine on politics, poverty and why they won’t go away.

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