Monday's News & Ideas - 3/23/2020

  • Where is God?
  • Sunday with no church
  • COVID upends Jewish tradition
  • Hoarding sanitizer
  • Religious Minion memes
  • Video of empty cities

Where is God in a pandemic?
New York Times: The honest answer is: We don’t know. But even non-Christians may find understanding in the life of Jesus.

It’s Sunday in the South with no church*
AL.com: “The older generation of people, if the doors are open, they’re coming,” said the Rev. Chuck Lackey. “You almost have to close the doors to keep them out.”

The coronavirus is upending thousands of years of Jewish tradition
Religion News Service: The very idea of a virtual service is foreign to many Jews, and to some, prohibited.

The man who hoarded 17,000 bottles of sanitizer did nothing wrong -- and that’s the problem
Religion Dispatches: Matt Colvin may not be a heartless mega-corporation, but he’s a villain you can recognize.

The Lord’s little helpers
Slate: Inside the surprisingly earnest world of religious Minion memes.

The Spark

Drones capture video of nearly empty American cities in lockdown
The videos may seem eerie, but they’re a good sign that Americans are starting to take the threat seriously, Gizmodo says.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers

Want to get News & Ideas in your inbox every weekday?
Subscribe to our
News & Ideas newsletter or receive our RSS feed in your RSS reader.