Mikey Weinstein, an Air Force Academy graduate who has been a sharp critic of the school, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the air force from encouraging what he considers to be unconstitutional evangelistic practices. Weinstein filed the complaint October 6 in a federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Leap of imagination: Christopher Herbert, the Anglican bishop of St. Alban’s, is troubled by strident Christian voices. “There is a noisy, almost angry, literalism around desires to define and codify who is, or who is not, a ‘real Christian,’ and what seems to accompany this is a plodding, narrow biblicism which is punitive in tone and joyless in character.” Apprehending the beauty and truth of God, which involves paradox and apparent contradiction, takes faith, but also playfulness and imagination (Anglican Theological Review, summer).
U.S. will no longer have largest Jewish population
Oct 18, 2005
If demographic trends continue, Israel will boast the largest Jewish community in the world by 2006. The Jerusalem-based Jewish Policy Planning Institute released a report predicting that Israel’s Jewish population, currently at 5.24 million, will overtake its counterpart in the United States, where 5.28 million Jews live, within a year.
Lion and lamb: Pope Benedict XVI and liberal Catholic Hans Küng met in 1962 when they were both young and progressive. Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, took a turn to the right and may have played a role when Küng was later stripped of his privilege to teach on the grounds that his theology was incompatible with Catholic doctrine. Küng called Ratzinger a “grand inquisitor.” But after a recent four-hour meeting, Küng said the pope isn’t as reactionary as many assume, and needs to be given time. The two discussed the notion that science and religion are not incompatible, and the role of the church in a secular world (New York Times, September 27).