Our Present Turmoil

My family member(s) on the current societal turmoil: “some people think we [whites] paid our debt by blood in the civil war.” Me: “ya, but others kept saying “the South will rise again,” and their descendants & loyalists wormed their way into police forces & elected office.” One of the major ways the “Southern” traitors …

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Rev. Barber: ‘Systemic racism is choking the life out of American democracy’

(RNS) — In a Pentecost Sunday address, he referred to the protests wracking the country as “the inevitable reflex of a people who cannot breathe because their life is being systematically snuffed out.” — Read on religionnews.com/2020/05/31/rev-barber-systemic-racism-is-choking-the-life-out-of-american-democracy-george-floyd-protest/

The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Religious Right, and the Threat to Our Government and World Health: A Discussion With Anne Nelson – Freedom of Mind Resource Center

The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Religious Right, and the Threat to Our Government and World Health: A Discussion With Anne Nelson - Freedom of Mind Resource Center — Read on freedomofmind.com/the-covid-19-pandemic-the-religious-right-and-the-threat-to-our-government-and-world-health-a-discussion-with-anne-nelson/

How Does Easter Relate To Jesus? The History Of Easter Explained – HistoryExtra

Why do we celebrate Easter? When did we start eating Easter eggs? Where did the Easter bunny originate? Historian Emma J Wells explores the origins of this springtime celebration and explains its religious connections [Excerpts]: Like its festive and spooky cousins, Christmas and Halloween, Easter evolved over centuries, blending Christian and non-Christian elements together. ...the …

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Heaven And Hell Are ‘Not What Jesus Preached,’ Religion Scholar Says : NPR

Bart Ehrman says the ideas of eternal rewards and punishments aren't found in the Old Testament or in the teachings of Jesus. His new book is Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. — Read on http://www.npr.org/2020/03/31/824479587/heaven-and-hell-are-not-what-jesus-preached-religion-scholar-says

Bart Ehrman on why everything you’ve been told about heaven and hell is wrong

(RNS) — Best known for his popular books debunking the central assumptions of Christian Scriptures, the New Testament scholar continues this quest in his latest book, ‘Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.’ — Read on religionnews.com/2020/03/26/bart-ehrman-on-why-everything-youve-been-told-about-heaven-and-hell-is-wrong/

Steep decline in practicing Christians will have major repercussions for church leaders: study – The Christian Post

New research from the Barna Group found that the share of practicing Christians in the United States has nearly dropped in half over the last two decades — a shift the group warns will have “major repercussions” for church leaders. — Read on http://www.christianpost.com/amp/steep-decline-in-practicing-christians-will-have-major-repercussions-for-church-leaders-study.html