Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/24/2019

  • Resurrection is heart of faith
  • Sri Lanka became target
  • Morocco’s moderate Islam
  • Monks on digital distraction
  • Evangelical voters
  • The Canada goose

The ‘literal flesh-and-blood’ resurrection is the heart of my faith
America: James Martin, in response to Serene Jones, says he believes that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the first Easter Sunday. And he does not see that as any sort of parable or metaphor.

How Sri Lanka’s Christians became a target
The Atlantic: The island nation’s religious minority was rarely threatened. The Easter bombings changed that.

Morocco trains foreign students in its practice of moderate Islam
Reuters: Morocco has offered training to imams and male and female preachers of Islam from Africa and Europe on what it describes as moderate Islam.

How to reduce digital distractions: Advice from medieval monks
Aeon: Medieval monks had a terrible time concentrating. And concentration was their lifelong work! Their tech was obviously different from ours. But their anxiety about distraction was not.

Evangelicals are now the key constituency in the Republican Party. They are reaping the benefits.
Vox: They are currently the largest, most cohesive constituency in a party that cannot afford many defections or abstentions.

The Spark

The goose that conquered America
The Canada goose is a nuisance, writes Vox. This is how it all started.

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