Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with discussions of procreation politics and theologies, agendas and searches for antiquities, and whether or not the earth is ours to dominate.
This Week’s Topics
- Faith and restoration and scams
- Gospel of Thomas on procreation
- The “Gay Movement” as a recruitment campaign
- Jeb! and The Don are running for President and Thomas is really excited
- Is Donald Trump religious?
- Indiana Jones and the Pursuit of the Precious Poker
- Jews and Pompeii
- Climate change and the Pope’s leaked Encyclical
- How will the Pope’s statements on climate change as a theological issue affect the 2016 Presidential race here in the US?
- Is the earth ours to dominate?
Religion In The News
- Faith and Restoration Conference Scam – Merianna.net
- Evangelicals and the LGBTQ Question: What’s Really Going On? – Marginalia
- Tennessee Pastor Says Gay Rights Movement Actually About ‘Repopulating’ – The Daily Beast
- Donald Trump is Running for President, Thank You Jesus
- Jeb! Bush’s religious views – NY Times
- Rick Perry’s Pastor Protection Bill – Texas Values Action
- ISIS, Poetry, and the Romance of Jihād; or How Reading The New Yorker Can Save Religious Studies From the Rhetoric of Authenticity – Marginalia
- Do you pay extra to park closer to the church? – CNN
- Facebook cracks down on Pages featuring ISIS plunder for sale – Fox News
- Behold! The Holy Lance – History Today
- Pompeii and God’s Revenge for Jerusalem – Biblical Archaeology
Thought Piece – Climate Change and Theological Anthropologies
- Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical Leaks – Mother Jones
- the Earth “is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorized to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air and in living things.”
- L’espresso has the full draft (be warned, it’s 191 pages of Italian)
- Why The Pope’s Stand On Climate Change Matters – NPR
- “By taking on climate change, the leader of one of the world’s major religions is injecting something into the debate that has mostly been missing: the question of values. Pope Francis appears ready to argue that since the science is long settled, it’s now time to turn the discussion about climate change in a much different direction. Now we must ask ourselves what — based on our deepest values — are we obliged to do about it?”
- Catholics Divided Over Global Warming – Pew Forum
- Unsurprisingly, the split mirrors the electorate as a whole
- White evangelicals are least likely group to say global warming is occurring (50%), is caused by humans (25%), and very serious problem (24%).
- Carl Sagan on the shores of the cosmic ocean
- Hacking the Universe on Galileo and looking outwards – Science Channel