Tuesday's News & Ideas
- Francis, the Great Reformer
- Breaking from the mainline
- What if no Moses?
- GTS as labor dispute
- Religion & spending
- Sister Aimee's disappearance
Book review: 'The Great Reformer,' Pope Francis, by Austen IvereighWashington Post: New book chronicles an unlikely reformation unfolding before our eyes that may be the blueprint for the life of that world to come.
Not just gay issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with mainline denominationsAssociation of Religion Data Archives: The floodgates have lifted as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.
Man versus myth: does it matter if the Moses story is based on fact?The (London) Guardian: As Ridley Scott prepares to release another blockbuster based on the exodus, the row has reignited the debate over whether Judaism's historical savior actually existed.
GTS situation is just a typical labor dispute… but with clergyReligion Dispatches: Regardless of the particular issues of concern, the style in which they were presented or the various policies of the institution, this is essentially a labor dispute.
Prudent but not puritanEconomist: The picture that emerges is one of religious types engaging in sensible, but not self-denying, behavior.
The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacherAimee Semple McPherson was one of the most glamorous women in the US in the 1920s. The evangelical preacher put on theatrical church services and used ground-breaking radio broadcasts to teach the gospel. But as the BBC reports, one mysterious episode in her life has never been fully explained.
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