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Friday's News & Ideas - 9/9/2022

  • Religion & birthrates
  • Church splits & dividing America
  • Defining white Christian nationalism
  • Conversion of white believers
  • Indigenous tradition on stones
  • Power of Elizabeth II

‘God-denying’ women and self-replacing Christians: How religion changes birthrates
Religion News Service: Religion has become a part of the conversation about declining birthrates.

What church splits can teach us about a dividing America
Christianity Today: As in the past, one can learn about our nation’s political divisions by looking at our religious ones.

What does ‘white Christian nationalism’ even mean, anyway?
Sojourners: Sociologists Samuel L. Perry and Philip Gorski explain Christian nationalism as a constellation of beliefs — that the founding of the United States was “divinely inspired” or that God is invested in the success of the U.S. — that manifest in political goals.

Conversion isn’t a ticket out of white supremacy
Religion & Politics: A closer look at white converts who enter more racially diverse religious communities offers a unique opportunity to understand different manifestations of white supremacy that are not tied exclusively to MAGA supporters.

Can these stones live?*
Christian Century: Some Indigenous traditions suggest that rocks are sentient. What does this mean for how we humans relate to them?

The Spark

The subtle power of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign
The longest-reigning monarch in British history maintained a “blank slate” onto which her subjects, fellow politicians, and the world could project, Vox says.



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