Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/20/2020

  • White evangelicals are outliers
  • Bible & originalism
  • Finding Black church founders
  • Harvest settles with MacDonald
  • Asian American group fights racism
  • Facebook won’t fix itself

Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters
Religion News Service: Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.

I was taught to read the Bible as literal, and I have some thoughts on Amy Coney Barrett
HuffPost: “Growing up, I was taught to understand ‘the Good Book’ the way an originalist understands the Constitution, and I now know how dangerous that approach can be,” writes Eve Ettinger.

The long, worthwhile search for the five Black women of Grace Baptist Church*
The New York Times: The names of the five Black founders of a church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., seemed lost to history -- until a student journalist stepped in.

Harvest settles multimillion-dollar agreement with James MacDonald
Christianity Today: In Christian arbitration, the preacher was granted $1.45 million and the rights to Walk in the Word.

The Asian American Christian Collaborative’s efforts to confront anti-Asian racism in the church*
Christian Century: The pandemic has made an existing problem worse.

The Spark

Why Facebook can’t fix itself
The platform is overrun with hate speech and disinformation,* The New Yorker says. Does it actually want to solve the problem? 

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