Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • UMC pastor refrocked
  • Meaning of excommunication
  • Eagleton's return to religion
  • Ingratitude
  • Guilt & slumping attendance
  • Villains the new heroes

Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstatedAssociated Press: A United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock Pennsylvania pastor.

Kicked out of heaven for wanting women priestsThe Atlantic: Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, has been formally excommunicated from the Mormon Church. What do you do when your religious community doesn't want you?

Terry Eagleton: A late-life return to religionPublishers Weekly: Terry Eagleton's new book goes beyond his critique of the New Atheism to illustrate the ways in which theology raises foundational questions other fields ignore.

Failing to see God's loveReligion News Service: Churches die for many reasons, from bad leadership decisions to bad luck to poor execution of programs and ideas. One reason they die is ingratitude.

How do we respond to slumping church attendance?ABP News/Herald: Guilting people back into the pews won't work.

The Spark

Why we love to hate a villainIn films and TV shows, despicable characters are taking centre stage. Nicholas Barber of the BBC investigates why we love to hate villains -- and what this says about us.

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