Wednesday's News & Ideas - 6/5/2019

  • Faith & women’s suffrage
  • Southern nixes reparations
  • Paris between patriarchates
  • Met exhibit on ancient pluralism
  • Fear of Arabic numerals?
  • Home with Ocean Vuong

The complex role of faith in the women’s suffrage movement
Religion News Service: Religious convictions compelled many to campaign on behalf of women’s suffrage -- and many to fight hard against it.

Southern Seminary leadership nixes idea of reparations for historically black college
Baptist News Global: A Southern Baptist seminary that in February lamented its historical ties to slavery is unwilling to make monetary reparations to a nearby historically black Baptist college.

Moscow’s patriarch eyes Paris, and an Orthodox battle brews
Religion & Politics: Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky has found itself caught in the middle of a growing dispute between the two most powerful episcopal figures in the Orthodox Church.

Exhibit suggests ‘peaceful pluralism’ among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans
National Catholic Reporter: The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit focuses on “a constellation of local communities negotiating their distinctive identities in a world of great imperial powers.”

Who’s afraid of Arabic numerals?
The New York Times: CivicScience polled, “Should Americans, as part of their school curriculum, learn Arabic numerals?” 56 percent of respondents said, “No.”

The Spark

Going home with Ocean Vuong
Before the poet won prizes and published his transcendent novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” Kat Chow first knew him as a talented writer a couple of years ahead of her in high school, she writes in The Atlantic.

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