Editor’s Picks

Check back daily for Bruce Gourley’s curated articles that are relevant to people of faith who wish to engage the critical issues facing our communities, nations and world.

February 26, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: More Than 500 Evangelicals, Other Faith Leaders Condemn Religion at Insurrection as ‘Heretical’; Vanderbilt Political Scientists Examine Social, Psychological, Legal Foundation of January 6 Riots; Bill Would Let Child Welfare Agencies Reject Some Kentucky Families Citing Sincere Religious Beliefs; At William & Mary, a School for Free and Enslaved Black Children is Rediscovered; and more.

February 25, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’; How the Council for National Policy, an Evangelical and Republican Powerhouse, Helped Spawned Trumpism and the Capitol Insurrection; Bill to Regulate Missouri Religious Boarding Schools Advance; and more

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February 24, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Life Amid the Ruin of QAnon: “I Wanted My Family Back”; Debate Rages Over Whether Race Had Role in Police Response to Capitol Riot; 160 Confederate Symbols Toppled in 2020, Hundreds Remain; Fort Worth Loses Fight for Church Properties as US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Diocese’s Case; and more

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February 23, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: America’s Churches are Now Polarized, Too; A Civil Rights Lawyer-Turned-Rabbi Cites Jewish Law in Montana State Legislature; Display of 15,000 Flags at Atlanta-Area Church Memorializes Covid Victims; Christians, Muslims and Jews to Share Faith Centre in Berlin; and more.

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February 22, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Disinformation Fuels a White Evangelical Movement. It Led 1 Virginia Pastor to Quit; His Pastors Tried to Steer Him Away From Social Media Rage. He Stormed the Capitol Anyway; How 90s Christian Radio Enabled Rush Limbaugh’s Toxic Views; In Pandemic, Clergy Risk Illness, Even Death to Minister to the Sick and Their Loved Ones; As 2 New York Churches Merger, Working Class Congregation Praises Gay, Young Pastor; and more.

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February 19, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Ohio Mother Living in Sanctuary at Church to Go Home After Three Years; Gen Z is Deconstructing Religion and Finding Faith; Faith in Numbers: Behind the Gender Difference of non-Religious Americans; Former Trump Cabinet Member Launches Christian Nationalist Think Tank; Attacks on Ancient Religious Sites in Ethiopia Kill Hundreds; and more

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February 18, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: The Black Church is Having a Moment; At a Baptist College in Virginia, a Disagreement Over Athletes Kneeling During National Anthem; Health Policy Expert: They Say They are Attacking Abortion. They are Really Hurting the Poor.; Right-wing Justices Think Religion is Under Siege. Will the Full Supreme Court Follow?; and more.

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February 17, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Ash Wednesday Rituals Tweaked for Coronavirus as Christians are Reminded of Death; On Social Media, Vaccine Misinformation Mixes with Extreme Faith; Republican Lawmaker Shunned by His Family for Going Against God by Voting to Impeach Trump; Orthodox Church in Black Sea Region Plundered by Treasure Hunters; and more

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February 16, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: The Problem Isn’t Just One Insurrection. It’s Mass Radicalization.; The Agency Founded Because of 9/11 is Shifting to Face the Threat of Domestic Terrorism; Alliance of Baptists Chooses Restitution and Redemption from Thief Who Stole $20,000; How Christian Booksellers Survived 2020; and more.

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February 15, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Biden Reestablishes Faith-Based Partnerships Office and Names Melissa Rogers to Lead It; The Way Out of America’s Zero-Sum Thinking on Race and Wealth; White Evangelical Protestants Identified as Group Most Proud to be Americans: Survey; Religion and the Death Penalty Collide at the Supreme Court; and more

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February 12, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Some Capitol Rioters Believed They Answered God’s Call, Not Just Trump’s; A ‘Scary’ Survey Finding: 4 in 10 Republicans say Political Violence May be Necessary; White Evangelicals Most Susceptible to False Conspiracy Theories; The Significance of the Black Church Throughout America’s History; Television Show Partners with Philosophers to Explore Philosophy of Religion; and more

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February 11, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: The World According to ‘God’s Harvard’; Americans Far More Likely to Say Evangelicals Will Lose Influence, Rather than Gain It, Under Biden; First Baptist Church of Huntsville Has UV-C Lights Installed; Returning to In-Person Worship; Southern Baptist Leaders Called Kamala Harris a ‘Jezebel.’ That’s Not Just Insulting, It’s Dangerous, Experts Say; and more

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February 10, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: The Religious Right’s Rhetoric Fueled the Insurrection; A Century Ago, White Protestantism Extremism Marched on Washington; Baylor and Southwestern Baptist Regain Control of Texas Foundation After Failed ‘Coup’; Middle East: Anger Grows at Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Virus Scofflaws, Threatening Rupture with Secular Jews (Washington Post); and more.

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February 9, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Former QAnon Follower: I Really Believe It’s a Cult; West Virginia’s Evangelical Christians Torn Over Religion’s Role in Politics; We Need to Talk About Bruce Springsteen’s Strange Quasi-Christian Ad for Jeep; Catholic Schools in US Hit by Unprecedented Enrollment Drop; and more

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February 8, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: California to Revise Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling;Peleton Makes Toning Your Glutes Feel Spiritual. But Should Jesus be a Part of the Experience?; A Student Athlete Sparked National Change After Being Disqualified from a Volleyball Match for Wearing a Hijab; The Brave, But Forgotten, Kansas Lunch Counter Sit-in that Helped Change America; and more

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February 5, 2021

In today’s curated news and analysis headlines: Biden, at Prayer Breakfast, Calls out ‘Political Extremism’; How Evangelicals’ Fundraising by Demonization Fed Capitol Violence; Gun Sales in January Set a New Record After Capitol Hill Insurrection;
Immigrants in Sanctuaries in Churches Hope Biden Offers Relief; and more

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