Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/30/2017

  • Preacher America loves to hate
  • New dean of Chicago Divinity School
  • Lessons from Schleiermacher
  • Money & religion
  • Convincing evangelicals on climate change
  • Stretching your donation dollars

Here's why people hate Joel Osteen
The Washington Post: Prosperity gospel scholar Kate Bowler offers three reasons why long after this controversy passes, Joel Osteen will still be the preacher America loves to hate.
Christianity Today: Some Christians hate Joel Osteen more than they love the truth. And that's wrong.

An Orthodox Jewish woman takes the helm of Chicago Divinity School
Religion News Service: A former nurse and union activist who became a nationally respected bioethicist and a professor in multiple fields, Laurie Zoloth, the new dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School, is an Orthodox Jew.

Can reason make room for religion in public life?
Aeon: Friedrich Schleiermacher offers up some worthwhile lessons about how reason and feeling can coexist in the public sphere, and provides us with a rich picture of what makes life meaningful.

Are money and religion more similar than we realize?
How Stuff Works: What is money if not a "superhuman controlling power"?

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change
The (London) Guardian: A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the "trusted sources" approach.

The Spark

Stretching your donation dollars: 5 tips
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Harvey is admirable. But as David Campbell explains at The Conversation, with a little homework, your contributions will go further.

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