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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 9/14/2021

  • Inclusive Bishop Spong dies
  • Inside vaccine resistance
  • Psychology of religious ritual
  • Korean prosperity preacher dies
  • Danger of religious political zeal
  • Revolt of the delivery workers

Bishop John Shelby Spong, firebrand who championed LGBTQ inclusion, has died
Religion News Service: Spong made headlines when he ordained the first openly gay male priest in the Episcopal Church.

Vaccine resisters seek religious exemptions. But what counts as religious?*
The New York Times: Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

Psychologists are learning what religion has known for years*
Wired: Social scientists are researching what humans can do to improve their quality of life. Their findings echo what religious practices perfected centuries ago.

Founder of South Korea’s biggest church, Cho Yong-gi, dies
Associated Press: The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, whose founding of South Korea’s biggest church was a symbol of the postwar growth of Christianity in the country before that achievement was tainted by corruption and other scandals, died Tuesday. He was 85.

The danger of bringing religious zeal to the political realm
Deseret News: In America today, many people treat politics, rather than religion, as the place to discover ultimate purpose and communion.

The Spark

Revolt of the delivery workers
Exploited by apps, attacked by thieves and unprotected by police, New York City’s 65,000 bikers have only themselves to count on, The Verge says.

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