Thursday's News & Ideas - 8/8/2019
- Penn. abuse hotline gets 1,900 calls
- Must pastors react to news?
- Activists want charges dropped
- Migrants respond to charismatic Christianity
- Young people distrust institutions
- Mark Twain's campaign for affordable watches
Pennsylvania's clergy abuse hotline received 1,900 calls since grand jury report
Philly Voice: Nearly one year after a landmark grand jury report revealed accusations of sexual abuse against more than 300 priests across Pennsylvania, the state's clergy abuse hotline is still ringing.
Lehigh Valley Live: What the Allentown Diocese has done in the year since clergy sex abuse allegations surfaced
Shaming pastors is not the way to respond to two more mass shootings
Baptist News Global: Requiring that all pastors address events such as the gun violence last weekend ignores the importance of context in ministry, writes pastor Daniel Glaze.
These Catholics broke into a nuclear base. Now they’re asking a judge to drop the charges.
Religion News Service: Seven Catholic peace activists known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 are charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor and face up to 25 years in prison each for trespassing on the U.S. Navy base that houses six Trident submarines carrying hundreds of nuclear weapons.
Why charismatic Christianity is popular with migrants
The Economist: It is a well-established fact among religion-watchers that charismatic Christianity is the fastest-growing variety of the world’s largest monotheism. But how at a human level do these passionate communities draw in so many followers? Three studies published this year throw some helpful light.
Young Americans are less trusting of other people -- and key institutions -- than their elders
Pew Research Center: Young Americans are less likely than older adults to say they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in religious leaders, police officers, business leaders and K-12 public school principals.
Mark Twain’s quest to bring affordable watches to the masses
The heroes of Twain’s books weren’t proper, genteel types. Twain made his name as a democratic, accessible writer. And in part because of the railroad and ongoing urbanization of America, Smithsonian magazine explains, timekeeping needed to become democratic and accessible, too.