Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Hauerwas on the end
  • Eye for an eye
  • SC Episcopalian court fight
  • Bible as political tool
  • Jehovah's Witnesses new tactic
  • Stadium culture vs. sanctuary culture

Stanley Hauerwas reflects on end times, end of his lifeReligion News Service: Stanley Hauerwas discusses his views on the end times, what he thinks of "Left Behind" theology, and how he hopes to be remembered after he dies.

Eye for an eye: The Bible's role in revenge attacksCNN Belief blog: It's a familiar cycle: attack for attack, murder for murder. Such patterns are familiar from conflicts across the world, but they have a special resonance in the Holy Land.

South Carolina Episcopalians take fight to courtAssociated Press: About 50 conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina are in court this week, trying to keep their name, seal and $500 million in land and buildings after they broke away from the national denomination.

A senator turns his Bible into a political toolNPR: Two rules of American politics: Never let an opponent's attacks go unanswered, and if you're running in the South and have a good reason to be pictured holding a Bible, go for it.

The Jehovah's Witnesses' new tacticBBC: In change of tactics, The Jehovah's Witness movement has been on a year-long drive to recruit commuters at UK train stations, shopping centers and parks.

The Spark

A tale of 2 cultures: we live in a stadium, but need a sanctuaryOver time, humans have learned how to sit still and give someone or something undivided attention. But as Pacific Standard reports, such learning runs counter to who we instinctively are, as events like Wimbledon and the World Cup remind us. Most of us feel more at home in stadium culture than in sanctuary culture.

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