Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/1/2018

  • Prosperity gospel survey
  • War over religious liberty explained
  • Early church & God's gender
  • Investigating Catholic Church in Chile
  • No special treatment for young adults
  • Most relaxing vacation

Prosperity gospel taught to 4 in 10 evangelical churchgoers
Christianity Today: Survey finds most Protestants believe God wants them to prosper financially. But views diverge on whether they must tithe to receive it.

Why Jeff Sessions thinks Christians are under siege in America
Vox: The roots of the war over “religious liberty” -- the subject of a new Justice Department task force -- explained.

Does serving LGBTQ customers violate religious freedoms? Americans can't decide.
Vox: A new poll finds Americans are split on the Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

'There's going to be a raid': A Chilean prosecutor forces Catholic Church to give up secrets
Reuters: The surprise sweeps marked the start of one of the most aggressive investigations ever undertaken by a judicial authority anywhere in the world.

What the early church thought about God's gender
The Conversation: In early Christian texts, God gives birth to Israel and is described as a woman in labor and a mother comforting her children.

Stop giving young adults special treatment at church
U.S. Catholic: Rather than a church hosting events specifically for young adults, young adults should be encouraged to engage in different ministries and fellowship within the intergenerational life of a parish.

The Spark

The most relaxing vacation you can take is going nowhere at all
Vacation is exhausting when you go places. But as Quartz reports, the only kind of break that doesn't require a follow-up vacation is the type you should consider in the first place -- the staycation.

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