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Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/28/2022

  • Can Liberty be saved?
  • Beth Moore’s memoir
  • Revisiting Frank Peretti
  • The first Jewish female Messiah
  • Book of Job as parody
  • Gender disparities in literature

Can Liberty University be saved?*
The New Yorker: After Jerry Falwell, Jr.,’s ouster, some students and alumni have sought a more thorough excavation of Liberty’s values.

Jesus saved Beth Moore’s life. Twitter blew it up. A new memoir will tell the story.
Religion News Service: Moore’s memoir, “All My Knotted-Up Life,” is due out from Tyndale in 2023.

Revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria
Vox: Demons, angels and elite liberal conspiracies: Frank Peretti’s books sound like today’s headlines.

Meet Eva Frank: The first Jewish female Messiah
JSTOR: Was this revered female figurehead an empowered leader or a tragic victim in her father’s wake?

The book of Job is a parody*
Christian Century: “Sometimes I picture its author looking down at us and shaking his head.”

The Spark

Four times more male characters in literature than female, research suggests
A study by University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering used AI to measure pronoun use, uncovering a huge disparity in gender frequency, says The Guardian.

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