That Was The Week That Was

This week I checked in on responses to my essay about how Pietists follow Jesus and considered some history of how Americans have used the imprecatory psalms. Elsewhere:

• The latest story of workplace sexual harassment is set in the offices of evangelicalism’s flagship publication: Christianity Today (as reported in CT itself).

• Religion journalist Jack Jenkins explored how “the partnership of [Vladimir] Putin and [Patriarch] Kirill laid the ideological and theological groundwork for the current invasion” of Ukraine.

2011 photo of Kirill, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church – Creative Commons (Sergey Pyatakov)

• Does that invasion point Christians to a third way between pacifism and just war theory?

• “If we heed the lessons of this moment,” argued Ben Rhodes, “we can rebuild from the rubble a renewed international order that once again places democratic values over the more transitory impulses of profit and immediate gratification. If we don’t, things could get much worse.”

• Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to make daylight saving time a year-round phenomenon. What would it mean for you? (By the way, I wrote about the religious history of DST when we “fell back” last November…)

• What do millionaires, Muslims, military veterans, and racial minority groups have in common? Americans wildly overestimate their share of the national population.

• As COVID numbers decline, is a cottage industry in Black Death comparisons winding down as well? (Note to myself: talk about this with Intro to History students the day we discuss historical analogies…)

• And will we have the same problems with seasonal COVID shots that we’ve long had with flu vaccinations?

Hillsdale College – Creative Commons (Brother Atticus)

• “In an era of book bans, crusades against teaching about racism, and ever-widening proposals to punish teachers and librarians,” reported Salon, in the first of a three-part series, Hillsdale College “is not just a central player, but a ready-made solution for conservatives who seek to reclaim an educational system they believe was ceded decades ago to liberal interests.”

• A professor says he was fired from the Christian college where he’d taught for four decades because he invited a guest speaker who was an openly gay alumnus.