Wednesday's News & Ideas - 4/7/2021

  • Who’s leaving the SBC?
  • Hans Küng dies
  • Internet’s patron saint
  • Impact of abstinence pledge
  • Black & Asian anti-racism
  • Fault lines in the Old South

Women and African Americans now more likely to leave the SBC, but so is everybody else
Christianity Today: Though data shows declines across the board, departing members aren’t going far.

Hans Küng, influential Vatican II theologian censured by John Paul II, dies at 93*
America: After being disowned by the papacy as a Catholic spokesperson in the early days of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, he flourished as an organic intellectual of the world by mediating among religions and stimulating a global ethic.

The internet’s unofficial patron saint
The Revealer: What could someone who died 1,385 years ago have to say to us about the internet and the spread of disinformation?

How an abstinence pledge in the ’90s shamed a generation of evangelicals*
The New York Times: The Christian “purity” movement promoted a strict view of abstinence before marriage. But two decades later, some followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks.

Black and Asian Christian leaders discuss role of church in fighting racism
Religion News Service: ‘Our oppression is linked together, but also our liberation is connected at the same time,’ said the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

The Spark

Battle hymns of the Old South
If you were looking for a city that embodies the fault lines* running through twenty-first-century America, you could come no closer than Graham, North Carolina, The Baffler says.

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