Wednesday's News & Ideas - 9/5/2018

  • Pastor's suicide shows need for mental health care
  • How would Kavanaugh rule on religion?
  • Canon law's role in clergy abuse
  • Fundamentalism is the villain for moviemakers
  • When science and religion were connected
  • The wild Alaskan island that inspired a lost classic

California pastor’s death points to need for mental health care
Tampa Bay Times: The recent suicide of Andrew Stoecklein, pastor of the California megachurch Inland Hills, illustrates the pressures on pastors suffering from mental illness. “We’re so ashamed of our stories and, even more than the mental illness, the shame is what is killing us,” says Steve Austin, author of “From Pastor to Psych Ward.”
The Tennessean: Clergy not prepared to meet congregations' mental health needs

How would Brett Kavanaugh rule in Supreme Court religion cases?
Religion News Service: Based on his record as a lower judge in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has sat since 2006, Kavanaugh appears to be a relatively nuanced interpreter of the law, writes Mark Silk.

Has Catholic canon law aggravated the clergy abuse crisis?
NPR: The Roman Catholic church has long had its own legal system, incorporating a judicial framework and a complex set of laws, or canons, regulating church organization. Critics, however, say canon laws assign excessive importance to the protection of church institutions.

The movie bogeyman of the year? Fundamentalist religion
The Guardian: For a whole generation of young directors – and at least one renowned veteran in Paul Schrader – the biggest movie bogeyman of 2018 is the power of fundamentalist religion.

When science and religion were connected
JSTOR Daily: During the Second Great Awakening of 1830, science and religion were seen as “two aspects of the same universal truth.” And that truth was not based in pure logic. Emotions were a key to human behavior, and controlling and channeling emotions was a job for scientifically- and morally-grounded experts.

The Spark

The wild Alaskan island that inspired a lost classic
Rockwell Kent did not know where he would live in Alaska when he arrived in 1918. His intention, if it can be said that he had one, was to find a place apart from other people, and to paint. Many nights were dedicated to letters home, describing the Alaskan days and nights in detail. That writing became a book, “Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska.”

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