jueves, 11 de febrero de 2016

Announcing our new blog on religion and spirituality

Today, all three of our stories come from our new blog, Above, which deals with religion and spirituality in the public square. We hope to use it as a template for sprucing up the other blogs. We'd love to get your comments and suggestions about its design and functionality -- and, of course, the content. 
Today's selection, serendipitously, will give you an idea of the range of topics we hope to cover. There is a very thorough explanation of the situation of the Copts in Egypt, who face great challenges in adapting to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism as well as dissension within their own ranks. Odd as it may seem, there is even a tiny splinter group of Copts who favour the introduction of Sharia law -- so that they can get quick and easy divorces.
Carolyn Moynihan reviews Soul Mates, a new book about how religion helps African-Americans and Latinos have more stable family life and employment. It contains some fascinating statistics. And Catherine Morrogh has written a charming piece about a Nativity scene painted in the early 1500s which includes two people with Down syndrome features. 
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Michael Cook 
Egypt’s Copts at the crossroads
Christian Cannuyer | ABOVE | 11 February 2016
Will they be able to exorcise their ancient demons and adapt to the new regime?
Soul Mates: How religion helps African American and Latino families
Carolyn Moynihan | ABOVE | 11 February 2016
A new book has encouraging – and challenging – news for the Church.
Forgotten portraits
Catherine Morrogh | ABOVE | 11 February 2016
An anonymous Dutch master of the 1500s included two Down syndrome people in his magnificent Nativity scene.

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