Stories I’ve Found: 3/7/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found:

This story tells of the role of religion in the resurgence of Russia under Putin. It’s a dangerous blend, and needs to be looked at carefully: any nation launching a Holy Crusade must have its motives exposed and examined.

Timothy Snyder tries to get the story right about the revolution in the Ukraine. I shudder to think where this will lead.

Last Sunday’s Gospel reading had the classic quote: “No man can serve two masters.” Elizabeth Stoker points out in Salon.com that many religious conservatives who idolize Ayn Rand do, and outlines the discrepancy.

A “. . .man who laughs, weeps, sleeps, soundly and has friends like everybody else. A normal person” gives a lengthy interview to an Italian newspaper.  Pope Francis comments on a lot of what’s happening now and indicates some future directions. In this report, he sets the agenda for this year’s Vatican retreat and offers advice for Lenten observance.

Pope Francis calls the treasurers of religious communities to Rome for a conference.  This will be interesting.

Michael Sean Winters reviews “A Catechism for Business”, a new work that seeks to apply Catholic teaching to contemporary business practices.  The comments in the article are worthwhile in themselves, and I will have to put the original on my reading list.

The Pope’s theologian, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, speaks about a new book The Francis Project: Where He Wants to Take the Church.  This is a great overview of the Pope’s emphasis on the Kerygma (First Proclamation) as the basis for Catholic thought and action. David Gibson gives us his analysis of Pope Francis’ agenda at one year into his papacy.

Tiny houses: are they an answer for homelessness?  This post on BillMoyer.com tells the story of some pilot projects around the country. It shows promise because it costs less to put these up than pay for the homeless to stay on the streets. It’s also a challenge for zoning  laws and public perceptions.

A new book from the Pew Research Center that will be on my reading list: The Next American by Paul Taylor.  Don’t think it will be a light read, but an important one.

A story of our work gets shared in modern families. The division isn’t what it used to be, but does bear a striking resemblance to tradition in many ways.

Christopher J. Hale of Millennial Journal gives us some interesting ideas in Lent Is Not Just For Christians.  Michael Bayer writes on the same site about the tension between Christ’s words read on Ash Wednesday, the practice of wearing ashes, and the #ashtag phenomena.

Leah Libresco writes about The Cost of Fetishizing Marriage.  Her perspective is on track, and worth reading.

Following a story Pope Francis started: a Syrian family’s escape from civil war through Lampedusa.  One heck of a journey.

When I stayed in Bethany (Al-Eizariya) for two months, I woke up to the minarets’ call to prayer every day. The sound level of minaret calls is being debated in Jerusalem under the issue of noise pollution, but it probably isn’t only about that, or primarily about that.

Kate Havard gives us a perceptive review of the recent movie version of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.  Her thoughts on the dynamics of this play are excellent and present much to think about.

A Jewish commentary on the Pope’s favorite artist: Marc Chagall.

Mark Shea sees some interesting similarities between atheists and fundamentalists.  The stories he relates are amazingly similar, and the only quibble I have with his point is there is more than one kind of atheism, just as there is more than one kind of Christianity.

Chris Steadman reports on Why Millenials are Leaving Religion? Where Are They Going.  He debunks a few misconceptions and shares his own journey in the process.

Sherlock’s Theology is a great essay on how some questions in theology can get overlooked.  Karen Spears Zacaharias came to her conclusion after being the only woman in an otherwise all male discussion group about upcoming Hollywood movies on religion.

“It’s like throwing eggs at Santa Claus.” A post telling the story of a small Tibetan Buddhist movement that denounces the Dalai Lama as a dictator.

Did you know Augustine was on Twitter?  Here’s a collection of 12 verses from Augustine of Hiphop. I’m going to have to follow this guy.

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