Monday's News & Ideas - 12/2/2019

  • N.T. Wright on American Christianity
  • German Catholics debate
  • Burkina Faso attack
  • Buttigieg visits Barber
  • Role of chaplains growing
  • Instagram broke us

The crisis of American Christianity, viewed From Great Britain*
The Atlantic: The theologian N. T. Wright is unfazed by the faith’s politicization in the U.S.

German Catholic Church debates sexuality, celibacy and women’s roles*
New York Times: With the German church’s global influence, a meeting of bishops and laypeople to take up hot-button topics has led to warnings of a new schism, originating in the home of the Protestant Reformation.

At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church
Reuters: At least 14 people were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso on Sunday morning, the government said.

Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty
Associated Press: As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in civil rights activist William Barber II.

As Americans become less religious, the role of chaplains may grow*
Washington Post: As fewer people identify with a specific religion or attend religious services, Americans may be more likely to meet a chaplain than a local clergy person at a congregation.

The Spark

Instagram is broken. It also broke us.
Influencers and regular users are reckoning with what Instagram has done to them. Now Instagram wants us to love it again, Vox says.

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