Stories I’ve Found, 4/19/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

More from Argentina about Pope Francis via John Allen’s recent journey there.  He follows up with some observations about the eight member group of cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him on reforming the Curia.

Imam Adbullah Antepli talks about Thinking Is An Act of Worship.  Although I don’t source the Qu’ran as inspiration, I would agree with this, and believe a lot more folks need to do this kind of worship.

Is Belief In An Angry God Associated with a Variety of Mental Illnesses?   A recent study indicates an association of depression and other behavioral disorders and someone with a belief in a vindictive God that focuses on punishing wrongdoers. It doesn’t presume that one causes the other. I think this whole topic needs much more reflection and discussion.

Responding to Boston with Holy Anger is a comparison between what the author calls “Holy Anger” and “Demonic Anger”.  It’s an interesting study, but I post this with the intention to demonstrate any kind of anger is toxic next Wednesday. I think what he calls “Holy Anger” is better defined as “Compassion”.

Who knew the mistranslation of a Bible verse could cause problems? In The Most Oppressive Bible Verse That Never Was,  Jonathan Merritt unpacks the problems translating 1 Thessalonians 5:22, which has a unique version is the King James Bible no other edition has. The New American Bible version is: “Refrain from every kind of evil.”

For those of you seeking more information about the Kermit Gosnall case in Pennsylvania, including the allegations about his abortion clinic, the Washington Post has a nice piece with basic data.  For those who want more, especially more discussion of the lack of media coverage, Patheos.com has a section devoted to discussion of the case and the stories around it, featuring the GetReligion blog.

The new phenomena on the religion scene: Death Cafes, where people can talk freely about matters around death.  Given how our culture avoids the subject, these sound like an excellent idea.

How curious that a statue of a Homeless Jesus should have difficulty finding a place to be exhibited. I’m glad Regis University in Toronto is making a home for it, and disappointed the Cathedrals of Toronto and New York couldn’t.

Haven’t seen the movie yet, but there’s something missing from the new biopic of Jackie Robinson: his faith.  Evidently, part of the reason Branch Rickey (a devout Methodist who didn’t attend games on Sunday) chose Jackie Robinson is that he felt a religious man was the best one to break the color barrier in baseball.

This week is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we can read it here for ourselves.

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