Friday's News & Ideas - 4/16/2021

  • Future of the religious left
  • Imperialism & immigration
  • History of ‘biblical womanhood’
  • DMX’s bold faith
  • Sewanee changes lecture name
  • The richest person in history

Whither the religious left?*
The New Republic: Left-leaning people of faith will never be reliable allies of the Democratic Party, nor will the party reliably offer them a comfortable home. But their fortunes are linked.

U.S. imperialism is the problem, not unaccompanied minors
Sojourners: This March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border -- a record high.

‘The Making Of Biblical Womanhood’ tackles contradictions in religious practice
NPR: Historian Beth Allison Barr’s new book traces cultural sources of patriarchy that have all but erased women's historical importance as leaders of the faith.

DMX was my John the Forerunner
Religion News Service: DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.

Sewanee’s School of Theology drops name of slavery apologist DuBose from annual lecture series
Episcopal News Service: The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, announced April 13 that it is changing the name of its annual DuBose Lectures, citing the pro-slavery views of the lectures’ namesake originator, William Porcher DuBose. They now will be known as the Alumni Lectures.

The Spark

The richest person who ever lived
Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the 14th Century, and his incredible access to gold made him arguably the richest human to have ever lived. A BBC video asks why it is that he has largely disappeared from the western historical imagination.

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