Woody Allen v. Soren Kierkegaard: Is neurosis Jewish? Daniel Smith asks the question in the New York Times. “No,” he says. On the other hand, he explains…
Evangelical tsuris: Southern Baptist macher Richard Land awaits a decision on his fate due Friday. The outcome is not clear, but the repercussions could be big. One of Britain’s top evangelicals, Richard Turnbull, has taken a leave of absence amid ongoing strife at the college he leads.
Most Southern Baptist leaders are looking forward to the day when they elect an African-American leader, and it may not be too far off.
Huckabee for Veep? The murmuratio begins.
Guess who’s coming to dinner? Religious right stalwart Tony Perkins, that’s who. And he will be dining with a gay couple and their kids, a first for the man who has had a lot to say about the problem with gay couples. Fly-on-wall time.
Probably won’t be liveried servants waiting on them, and if there are, the Pope’s butler won’t be among them: he is currently dishing all he knows about the Vatican leaks scandal.
And there’s apparently lots to say. But the Vatican insists no cardinals will be implicated. That’s a relief.
Denver has a new archbishop, as Samuel Aquila comes back to Colorado after serving as bishop of Fargo.
Rancor on the right: two religious freedom advocacy groups split over whether Muslims deserve religious freedom, too.
Kansas governor Sam Brownback didn’t get the memo: he signed into law a measure aimed at blocking state courts from basing court decisions on Sharia law or other ``foreign'' legal codes.
Many American towns are still going NIMBY on proposed mosques.
Israel is sending a team to the World Baseball Classic for the first time. A bunch of major leaguers could qualify to represent the Jewish state.
The suspected killer of six-year-old Etan Patz apparently confessed to the 1979 crime a few years later during a charismatic prayer group at a Catholic Church. (Do they still have those?) Authorities still don’t know whether to believe Pedro Hernandez, but this turn of events in the sensational story would seem to raise all sorts of sacramental and legal questions.
Tomas Rivera, a leader of the group who said he was present, told the NYT that it was not his place to call the police “because he did not confess to me” one on one. “He confessed to the group,” Mr. Rivera said. Interesting.
Hindu Sunday School is big, but many parents prefer to do it for themselves.
Why believe? Andrew Sullivan points to Christopher Page’s pilgrimage to faith.
Or you can ponder the religious status of chickens.
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David Gibson (and yes, too many cookouts made me forget it's Tuesday, not Monday...Not neurotic enough? Possible?)