Reading Today’s Stories…9/12

Towards Conservative Christian Churches – 23 – The Christian and Meaning « Towards Conservative Christianity http://bit.ly/n98lhW

I just discovered this blog via a reference on twitter and I’m sure it would be even more meaningful not coming in on article #23 of a 23 post series, yet this was very interesting. Directed at Christians and especially Christian leadership this post argues that Christians ought to be actively engaged in the world and seeking to understand the people around them.

This is not about ‘redeeming culture’. It is about understanding the meaning of what it is to be human. Christians, of all people, should be the most humane.

For these reasons, Christians ought to attempt to discover the meaning of the world God made, the people in it, and the things they create.

Read the whole story here.

The American double standard on religious violence – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/nBgZNn

This is the summary of a survey conducted in the wake of the Oslo, Norway attacks. It was sparked by an interest in the question of violence perpetrated by someone claiming to adhere to a religious tradition. The survey results show some interesting demographic trends. The one the author settles on as most significant regards those American’s aged 18-29. This group shows a significantly lower double-standard for Christians and Muslims and is more comfortable with Muslims as a part of American society. Is this a positive trend for the future? Read the whole story here.

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS | The Fire This Time http://bit.ly/n9WPbf

I’ll admit this piece takes some mental effort to wade through (that is part of reading though, right?). It attempts to show some of the connections and contrasts between what 9/11 was for the Muslim world and what the Arab Spring was. In his opinion the primary audience of the attacks of 9/11 was the youth of the Middle East. It was intended to inspire them to action and that the Al Qaeda way was the best means of accomplishing change. The Arab Spring – the 8 months of regime change from within – has actually accomplished what Al Qaeda did not. This is an issue that I think will need the sharpening of historical perspective to really make sense of but has a piece to add to the puzzle. Read the whole story here.

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