Resurgence Roundup, 2/21/14

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Resurgence Roundup, 2/21/14

The weekly Resurgence Roundup brings together some of the most interesting content we’ve found online, as it pertains to the church and the people God has called us to reach. Keep in mind, we don’t endorse or agree with everything you’ll see included in the roundup.

Obama highlights religious freedom in National Prayer Breakfast speech

Religion News Service:
Facing criticism that he does not give religious freedom enough attention, President Obama devoted most of his National Prayer Breakfast address to the issue, naming people imprisoned for their beliefs and calling out specific nations.

Facebook Offers New Gender Options for Users

Associated Press:
You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

Belgium Extends Euthanasia Law to Kids

Belgium became the first country in the world to remove any age restrictions on euthanasia, after an emotional debate which split the medical profession over the best way to treat a terminally ill child with a desire to end his or her life.

Marriage Stages a Comeback (But Mostly Just For College Grads)

The Atlantic:
When it comes to matrimony, the United States is two separate countries. There’s college-graduate America, where getting and staying married is still the norm. Then there’s the rest of America, where marriage rates are retreating and divorce is rampant. 

Separation Anxiety: What happens when we disassociate love and sex?

America Magazine:
In her article in The New York Times, “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” Kate Taylor describes a world of ambitious Penn undergraduates who put their personal interests and their résumés first. Many have chosen to avoid romantic relationships during college entirely in favor of “hooking up,” no strings attached.

Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson summoned by British magistrates’ court over Adam and Eve teaching

The Telegraph:
A British magistrate has issued an extraordinary summons to the worldwide leader of the Mormon church alleging that its teachings about mankind amount to fraud. Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London next month to defend the church’s doctrines including beliefs about Adam and Eve and Native Americans.

Kenyan Pastors Protest Pay-to-Preach Laws

Christianity Today:
Hundreds of pastors in Central Kenya confronted a county governor last week to protest against a new bill that could see clergy charged for preaching outside of their churches. The pastors, who say they represent as many as 1,200 churches within Nyeri County, marched to the governor’s office on February 12 to protest against the Nyeri County Finance Bill, which includes a section on charging preachers for speaking in public.

Is Sweden Raising a Generation of Brats?

Wall Street Journal:
Is Sweden raising a generation of brats? The country has built a child-friendly reputation on its mandates for long parental leave and provision for state-funded day care from age 1. But a new book paints an ugly underbelly to Scandinavia’s child-centric ways. Youngsters here—deemed “competent individuals” by the state and legally protected from spanking—are becoming the chief decision makers in homes at very young ages in what some Swedes think is an alarming trend.

The Latest Challenge to the Bible’s Accuracy: Abraham’s Anachronistic Camels?

Christianity Today:
Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, [researchers at Tel Aviv University] determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. . . . Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written or edited long after the events it describes. . . . But evangelical scholars say the claims are overblown.

Viking calendar predicts the world will end Saturday

USA Today:
The ragnar will be röking on Saturday when, according to some, the Viking calendar predicts the end of the world. Nordic folklore has it that after three freezing winters, when there have been no summers in between, the world will come to an end.



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