Monday's News & Ideas - 3/30/2020

  • Science denialism & COVID-19
  • N.T. Wright on coronavirus
  • Why are some churches open?
  • Online Communion debate
  • Rabbi Cohn dies of COVID-19
  • ‘Since I became symptomatic’

The religious right’s hostility to science is crippling our coronavirus response
New York Times: Trump’s response to the pandemic has been haunted by the science denialism of his ultraconservative religious allies.

Christianity offers no answers about the coronavirus. It's not supposed to.
TIME: This is a stillness, not of rest, but of poised, anxious sorrow, N.T. Wright says.

Schools, libraries and gyms are shut down. Why are some churches still open?
Deseret News: More than 1 in 10 regular churchgoers say in-person services at their house of worship are still happening, according to new research.
The Guardian: Churchgoers all over world ignore physical distancing advice

As coronavirus keeps parishioners homebound, Christian clergy debate online Communion
Religion News Service: Is Communion appropriate for cyberspace?

Rabbi who rescued 56 families from the Nazis dies of coronavirus*
Washington Post: Rabbi Romi Cohn, born in 1929, was 10 when the Nazis invaded his native Czechoslovakia.

The Spark

‘Since I became symptomatic’
Leslie Jamison writes in The New York Review of Books on being a single parent in quarantine.*

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