Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Chicken with a side of God
  • InterVarsity sanctioned
  • Catholic Church & gay marriage
  • New Nuns on the Bus tour
  • Guardian on Bolz-Weber
  • 1950s marriage counseling

Chick-fil-A: Selling chicken with a side of GodThe Atlantic: S. Truett Cathy, the chain's late founder, consistently made business choices based on his Christian beliefs -- and turned a humble sandwich into a religious symbol.

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campusesReligion News Service: InterVaristy is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians and gays.

Is the Catholic Church 'evolving' on gay marriage?Time: Don't expect Pope Francis to come out in support of gay marriage anytime soon, but from the beginning of his pontificate, Francis has been known to be a pragmatist on LGBT issues.

New 'Nuns on the Bus' tour to tackle political 'dark money'Religion News Service: This time it's the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers.

Tall, tattooed and forthright, can Nadia Bolz-Weber save evangelism?The (London) Guardian: With her bracing outlook -- and her body art -- the Lutheran pastor from Denver may be able to attract people to her church who would otherwise be wary of this form of Christianity.

The Spark

Lock up your wives!For more than half a century, the marital advice column "Can This Marriage Be Saved" was one of the most popular features in Ladies' Home Journal, teaching generations of women how they "should" conduct themselves in partnership with men. But as Rebecca Onion writes at Aeon, read today, the columns provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counseling before feminism.

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