Even if one were to spend all day every day at the task, it would not be possible to stay current with all the news and developments in the field of religion and ethics.
And who besides God has time for that?
I know. That's one reason you read my blog. You think I will find the most interesting developments and highlight them for you, making brilliantly insightful comments while I'm at it. (See, even I can learn something from Rush Limbaugh.)
Well, I try. But a lot gets past me. Which is one reason I keep an ever-changing "Blogs I read" page for you under the "Check this out" headline on the right side of this page. I recognize that I can't cover or comment on it all. Even Beliefnet.com can't do that with its staff.
And there are many good sources beyond the Internet, of course, including the weekly Faith section of The Kansas City Star, even though it no longer includes my column.
But this weekend I want to highlight a redesigned Web site that tries to pay attention to the ways issues of faith intersect with pubic policy. It's a group called Faith in Public Life, and its new site includes regular updates on polling having to do with faith as well as a blog with a running stream of helpful information.
Surf around on the site and see what's there that might be helpful for you. For more detailsl on how the group was formed and what its aims are, go to the "About Us" page there. Just don't forget to wander by here, too.
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SHOULD WHITE HOUSE BE VETTING PRAYERS?
A few days ago, David Gilgoff, who writes the "God & Country" blog for U.S. News & World Report, revealed in this post that the Obama administration is vetting prayers to be given by clergy at events where the president speaks. Then Gilgoff followed with this report on the varied reaction to the first post. In some ways vetting prayers seems like an understandable policy to avoid someone saying something radically out of place. But I like this comment from Steve Waldman of Beliefnet.com: "This is a great illustration of why Madison said, when in doubt, err on the side of separation. At first blush, what could be wrong with a prayer before an event? Then you realize it's a presidential event, so you have to be careful nothing crazy gets said. But being careful means someone has to read the prayers, and before long you have a White House staffer who has the job of approving prayers." Still, think how cool "White House Prayer Vetter" would look on a resume.
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P.S.: A great Jewish New Testament scholar (yes, there are some) will be speaking in the Kansas City area in April. Amy-Jill Levine will speak April 24 and 25 at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan. You might want to reserve your tickets now. After she's been here I'll be leading a follow-up discussion on Tuesday, April 28. For more details, see this Village link or my "Where's Bill speaking" page. For a pdf registration form for the Levine events, click on this link: Download Levine-Flyer
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ANOTHER P.S.: The Week magazine has done this article -- pretty interesting, if too brief -- about Holocaust denial, as a follow-up to Pope Benedict XVI rescinding the excommunication of a bishop who denies the Holocaust. Holocaust denial suggests to me the fragility of human reason.