Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Church hurt" -- the pain inflicted by religious institutions

Amid a wave of 'church hurt,' one Boston pastor tries to repair Christians' relationship with God
The Washington Post: "Church hurt" -- the pain sometimes inflicted by religious institutions -- is an increasingly prominent topic of discussion among Christian clergy.

What do Mormons and Muslims have in common?
Politico: American politics has a long history of questioning the "real" status of religions -- generally with an eye to stripping their members of Constitutional rights, Stephen Prothero says.

Facts or truth? What's keeping you grounded?
Baptist News Global: Instead of scrambling for facts, people of faith need to embrace truth that remains constant no matter who sits in the oval office, the Rev. Amy Butler says.

The culture war and the Benedict Option: An interview with Rod Dreher
Religion & Politics: Rod Dreher's blend of localism, anti-consumerism, and conservative sexual politics can make him seem like a hybrid of Wendell Berry and Pope Benedict XVI, at once skeptical of modern capitalism and opposed to modern sexual mores.

Would Jesus be a gentrifier? How Christianity is embracing urban renewal
The (London) Guardian: To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighborhoods are the fallen world - and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage shops and bakeries.

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