Monday's News & Ideas - 1/13/2020

  • Religious left is busy, small
  • Allure of hell
  • Christian conference scam
  • Trump on religious freedom
  • Benedict speaks on celibacy
  • Márquez’ journalism

The religious left is busy, but small
National Catholic Reporter: Research indicates the religious left is “the most active group in American politics.”

Why do people believe in hell?*
The New York Times: The idea of eternal damnation is neither biblically, philosophically nor morally justified. But for many it retains a psychological allure, David Bentley Hart writes.

Scam lures speakers to fake UK church conferences
Christianity Today: Hundreds of American Christian leaders have been invited to Anglican events -- then asked to pay up.

Is President Donald Trump a champion of religious freedom? Critics and supporters weigh in
Deseret News: Ahead of the 2020 election, supporters and critics of President Donald Trump are sparring over his religious freedom record.

Retired pope lauds celibacy as Francis mulls ordaining married men
Associated Press: Retired Pope Benedict XVI’s intervention is extraordinary, given he had promised to remain “hidden from the world” when he retired in 2013.

The Spark

Reality is the better writer
Even as Gabriel García Márquez attained global renown as a writer of fiction, neither his journalism nor his radical commitments tailed off, The Nation says.

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