Reading and Listening

1. This article came out in the Atlantic last month.

A few excerpts:

“In a remarkably free country, many evangelicals view their rights as fragile, their institutions as threatened, and their dignity as assailed. The single largest religious demographic in the United States—representing about half the Republican political coalition—sees itself as a besieged and disrespected minority. In this way, evangelicals have become simultaneously more engaged and more alienated.”

“Falwell, Graham, and others are providing religious cover for moral squalor—winking at trashy behavior and encouraging the unraveling of social restraints. Instead of defending their convictions, they are providing preemptive absolution for their political favorites. And this, even by purely political standards, undermines the causes they embrace. Turning a blind eye to the exploitation of women certainly doesn’t help in making pro-life arguments. It materially undermines the movement, which must ultimately change not only the composition of the courts but the views of the public. Having given politics pride of place, these evangelical leaders have ceased to be moral leaders in any meaningful sense.”

“Here is the uncomfortable reality: I do not believe that most evangelicals are racist. But every strong Trump supporter has decided that racism is not a moral disqualification in the president of the United States. And that is something more than a political compromise. It is a revelation of moral priorities.”

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2.  I listened to this a few weeks ago, when I was at my office moving furniture around.  The Q and A portion, where Shannon Watts replied (rebutted?) most arguments that attempt to block gun restrictions (i.e. “It’s a mental health issue, not a gun issue.”), was a yes for me.  I look forward to listening to this sometime soon, as well.

3.  I just finished the first of this series.  So many friends and bloggers have talked about how much they love this series.  Midway through the book I was still like ehhh…not sure if I am on the bandwagon.  But then I finished the last chapter this morning and need to pick up the next one asap.

4.  A few weeks ago my husband kindly, lovingly, kicked me out of the house for the weekend so I could rest and get some time off.  Night one was a sleepover with college friends.  Night two was at the house of the family I lived with ever-so-briefly, my first time around in Charlottesville.  May I recommend this to you?  A night away, with good friends?  I read and I listened to a lot that weekend and it was, undoubtably, good for my soul.

I also got away in January with some high school friends (including our Young Life leader, because we still want her to be our friend and also still tell us what to do with our lives).

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5.  What are you reading or listening to?

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3 thoughts on “Reading and Listening

  1. I like Pantsuit Politics – need to listen to that one! I just finished The Heart’s Invisible Furies, which I absolutely loved.

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