Friday's News & Ideas - 8/23/2019

  • Helping the Amazon
  • Religion in Toni Morrison
  • Evangelical tourism to Israel
  • Why Christianity stuck in U.S.
  • Evangelical pregnancy center
  • Older people products

Here's what you can do to help the burning, ravaged Amazon rainforest
Business Insider: While it might seem overwhelming and devastating, and far removed from everyday life, there are things that can be done.

The religious dimensions of Toni Morrison's literature
Sojourners: Although not always overt, Morrison intentionally created her novels to be dependent upon religious concepts.

Tourism to Israel is on the rise, with more U.S. Evangelical Christians visiting
NPR: U.S. Jewish views of President Trump and the Israeli government are under strain, but support for Israel among white evangelicals is strong as they continue to visit Israel in record numbers.
Washington Post: Why many evangelical Christians now celebrate Jewish holidays*

Why did Christianity thrive in the U.S.?
JSTOR: Between 1870 and 1960, Christianity declined dramatically across much of Europe. Not in America. One historian explains why.

Baby food, bassinets and talk of salvation: Inside an Evangelical pregnancy center*
New York Times: The director used to attend anti-abortion protests. Now she tries to help pregnant women and new mothers find jobs, emotional support or a place to shower.

The Spark

Why are products for older people so ugly?
The list of lousy products for older people is long. The MIT Technology Review talks how that impacts health and how some are trying to change that.

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