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Friday's News & Ideas - 8/12/2022

  • Unchurched evangelicals
  • Popular comedian’s deconstruction
  • Catholic church investigates antisemitism
  • Interfaith discussion on mental health
  • Francis meets with transgender guests
  • Sea creature snot

When the South loosens its Bible belt
Christianity Today: A growing breed of unchurched evangelicals is poised to heighten the culture wars.

In his debut country album, Rhett McLaughlin breaks up — with God
Religion News Service: The ‘Good Mythical Morning’ comedian goes on a spiritual deconstruction journey in his album, ‘James and the Shame.’

Spanish Catholic church to investigate antisemitic rituals
The Guardian: Announcement follows Israeli newspaper reporting that a ‘blood libel’ myth was still being perpetuated.

An interfaith discussion on the role of religion in mental health
The Conversation: In a recent discussion sponsored by the Global Religion Journalism Initiative, academics and religious leaders discussed faith-based mental health counseling, including its benefits and limitations.

Pope Francis meets with transgender guests of Rome church
Associated Press: The Pontiff has met with transgender people both individually and in groups over the course of his pontificate.

The Spark

Sneeze by sneeze, sponges fill the seas with their mucus
The sea creature’s snot* helps feed other marine organisms, The New York Times says.

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