Friday's News & Ideas - 8/31/2018

  • Doctors, patients & religion
  • Eboo Patel on religious pluralism
  • 3 key points on Vatican tempest
  • Witch hunt for gay priests
  • Bible #1
  • Painted nails

How religion shapes the way people approach medicine
WBUR: An interview with Dr. Ray Barfield about religion and the role it can play between doctors and patients.

From 'Judeo-Christian' to 'Potluck Nation,' Eboo Patel pleads for religious pluralism
Religion News Service: An interview with Eboo Patel about his new book, "Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise."

Plucking certainties from confusion on Pope cover-up tempest
Crux: John L. Allen takes a moment to stand back and identify three key points which, by now, seem reasonably clear.
National Catholic Reporter: Editorial: It's time to choose the painful path of purification
Vox: I'm a Catholic priest. I'm so ashamed, and so angry.

The witch hunt for gay priests
America: The contempt directed at gay clergy is coming from a handful of cardinals, bishops and priests, and a subset of Catholic commentators, but it is as intense as it is dangerous, says the Rev. James Martin, S.J.
The New York Times: The Catholic Church is sick with sex

What was the first Bible like?
The Conversation: What did the original Christian Bible look like? How and where did it emerge? And why are scholars still arguing about this some 1,800 years after the event?

The Spark

Painted nails on humans speak to beauty, utility
Have you ever wondered about the proliferation of nail salons? Donna Schaper, senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York, has. At the National Catholic Reporter, she asks, why do humans enjoy ornamentation of their nails? Why so many colors? Are all those chemicals really useful?

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