Friday's News & Ideas - 5/28/2021

  • Religion & science debate changed
  • Evangelicals & Korean War
  • How to approach history
  • Christian nationalism’s theology
  • Berlin’s multi-faith center
  • In praise of Disney’s villains

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science
Religion News Service: Mistrust of the scientific community is affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But research suggests the religion and science debate wasn’t always this divisive.

The Atlanta shootings, evangelical America, and the Korean War
Religion & Politics: We still have a knowledge gap at the intersection of U.S. religious history and Asian American history.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez: What we believe about history*
The New York Times: American evangelicals have crafted their own historical narratives for many decades. The truth can be deeply disruptive.

The growing anti-democratic threat of Christian nationalism in the U.S.*
TIME: As a political theology that co-opts Christian narratives and symbolism, Christian nationalism has its own version of the “elect,” those chosen by God.

‘House of one’: Berlin lays first stone for multi-faith worship center
The Guardian: Construction begins on project that will unite Muslims, Jews and Christians under one roof.

The Spark

Why it’s so satisfying to root for Disney villains
Since the first Disney stores opened in 1987, the company has had a robust line of villain merchandise designed to target fans of its most famous baddies, Vox says.

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