Though Pastafarianism was founded to critique organized religion, it’s now an organized movement. Find out more about it all at The Atlantic: Pastafarians Have Made the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Popular in Europe – The Atlantic
For more on “the Bonhoeffer Moment” and interpreting Bonhoeffer, read Bonhoeffer biographer Charles Marsh here at Religion and Politics: Eric Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer Delusions | Religion & Politics (Note: R & P seems to have problems with its site’s security recognition; why, I don’t know. If the link above doesn’t work, try the general site and find this story: http://www.religionandpolitics.org)
Some good news here about the Smithsonian, thanks to John Fea’s post.
Here is the press release:
The role of religion in the formation and development of the United States is at the heart of a new multiyear initiative launching at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Nov. 5. Beginning with a program series on sacred music in American life, this comprehensive religion initiative will be led by Peter Manseau, who has been named the museum’s Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History. It will include collecting, researching, documenting and exhibiting materials as well as presenting programs reflective of the country’s diverse religious traditions.
A $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. provides for a permanent curator of religion in the museum’s Home and Community Life division and a five-year multifaceted program consisting…
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Christians on both sides of the 2016 election invoke the heroic example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but the history of Christian responses to Nazism is much more complicated. Read historian Chris Gehrz’s analysis here at Patheos’ Anxious Bench: The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election
Historian Daryl Worthington concludes here his concise exploration of the history of red, white, and blue flags: Why Are So Many Flags Red, White and Blue? (Part Two)
Professor Randy Boyagoda argues for a different perspective in higher education:
[W]e need to move from an elite First World presumption that you’re either religious or you’re not, with all the stereotypical assumptions that flow from those positions, to a situation in which more and more people are confident and capable in being both religiously serious and thoughtfully secular.
Find his entire piece here, and see what you think: Religiously Serious, Thoughtfully Secular – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Historian Alan Taylor seeks to provide some perspective amidst our nasty politicized times:
Our politics are not always worse than theirs were. The revolutionary era was no golden age. To preserve the union, the founding fathers felt compelled to preserve slavery. Today, women can vote and lead. In the founders’ era, a husband could beat his wife provided the stick was no thicker than his thumb. And despite the multiplying insults of modern politics, we have not yet resumed shooting one another in duels. We distort the past and discredit the present by inflating the founders’ virtues and denying our own.
You can find Taylor’s entire piece here: Our Feuding Founding Fathers – The New York Times