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Monday's News & Ideas - 5/20/2024

  • Loosening of American evangelicalism
  • Stepping away from culture wars
  • Hermit comes out as transgender
  • Pastor can’t pay for security
  • Satanists challenge Christian nationalism
  • Miriam Adelson’s impact

The loosening of American evangelicalism*
Christianity Today: Long-standing norms against drinking, tattoos, and Catholic-coded church practices have rapidly fallen. What’s going on?

Some conservative Christians are stepping away from the gender wars*
The New York Times: Far from the shouting, Christian therapists, writers, parents and their trans children are trying to create a space within conservative circles to acknowledge differences in how people experience gender.

Catholic diocesan hermit approved by Kentucky bishop comes out as transgender
Religion News Service: Matson is thought to be the first openly transgender person in his position in the Catholic Church.

After a gunman tried to shoot him, this pastor wants to make his church safer. But ‘we don’t have the money,’ he says
CNN: To keep their church running, Germany and his family give more than $1,000 out of pocket every month. And now, it seems there’s another critical expense, though one this small church hardly could afford: security.

As conservatives put religion in schools, Satanists want in, too
NBC News: The Satanic Temple is known for trolling the religious right, but in its fight for religious pluralism, it’s become a powerful foe.

The Spark

Miriam Adelson’s unfinished business 
The billionaire casino mogul* could transform the presidential election if she gives to Trump like she did in 2020, Intelligencer says.

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