That Was The Week That Was

This week I learned about a pagan, white supremacist movement that is rededicating a church in Minnesota and looked at how Bethel and its peers scored on a financial stress test. Elsewhere:

• Bethel caught flak on social media for establishing a scholarship named after George Floyd, but to his great credit, our new president stood by the decision.

O'Donnell, Radical Ambivalence

• I’m not a conservative, but I try to listen to conservative voices as much as I can. In the future, that’ll mean much less from The American Conservative and much more from Mere Orthodoxy.

• The author of a book on race in the works of Flannery O’Connor argued that a Jesuit university shouldn’t have taken the Catholic writer’s name off of a dorm.

• The board of Liberty University finally had enough of Jerry Falwell, Jr. — well, had enough to ask him to take a leave of absence.

• But as Kristin Du Mez explained, the photo of Falwell that seems to have been the last straw reflected some deeper problems within evangelicalism.

• “Evangelicalism is on a collision course,” noted Ryan Burge, “with a culture that is rapidly liberalizing on two areas that define evangelical theology: their view of homosexuality and the role of women in the life of the church.”

• My August 18th post for The Anxious Bench happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tennessee senate vote that cinched ratification of the 19th Amendment, so I’m planning to blog about the religious history of the suffrage movement. In the meantime, read about the political brawl that preceded that historic vote.

• Among many other remembrances of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, I’d particularly recommend this piece by an American rabbi who served as an Air Force chaplain in that part of Japan years later.

Firestorm cloud after the atomic attack on Hiroshima – public domain/Wikimedia

• You won’t read a better example of science reporting than Ed Yong’s article on the coronavirus, in which he “learned that almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable.”

• Yes, Christians should wear masks.

• How are parents nurturing their children’s faith when houses of worship are closed?

• If colleges want to bring students back on campus in the middle of a pandemic, a new study suggests that they’ll need to test students every 2-3 days.

• Conservatives angling to defund higher education should beware possible effects for religious colleges.

• Your latest reminder that the humanities prepare you well for careers.

• Finally, how is my favorite travel guide/writer rethinking travel when he can’t go to Europe?