Religion in the News (and an octopus)

Posted on March 21, 2011

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This article title “Relgion to become extinct” is very misleading, methinks.  Just because people are not claiming to be affiliated with a religious denomination does not mean that people aren’t practicing spirituality… In fact, i’d say that people not wanting to be lumped into a religious category is a benefit… maybe it shows a trend in people thinking for themselves.

This article was very interesting… it’s about how there’s a bias against single men as pastors.  I’m glad they at least mentioned what it’s like for women, but of course the dominant narrative is what it’s like for a single white man… (shocking, i know).

“Evangelicals are responding to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, which they saw as a real threat to the family,” he said. “A pastor with a wife is less likely to be a homosexual and more likely to mirror the traditional image of a family.”….

Some religion experts suggested a less charitable reason for the marriage requirement: the expectation that a pastor’s wife will provide unpaid labor, perhaps leading the choir or teaching Sunday school.

this was from the comments section, it made my laugh: “You want to work in a denomination with narrowminded attitudes toward marriage and gender roles, but you want them to look beyond their prejudices just for you. Too bad. That’s not how it works.”

And I just thought this video was really cool…

 

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