Tag Archives: Religion

What American Christians Hear at Church | The New Yorker

Drawing on newly ubiquitous online services, Pew has tried to catalogue the subject matter of contemporary sermons.

By Casey Cep, October 7, 2021

Illustration by Daniel Liévano

“Now that I have preached about a dozen sermons I find I am repeating myself,” a young minister wrote despairingly in his diary in 1915.

He was barely out of school and only a few months into his first call, at Bethel Evangelical Church in Detroit. “The few ideas that I had worked into sermons at the seminary have all been used, and now what?”

It would be fourteen years before anyone else read those words, published under the title “Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic.”

It would take even longer for their author, Reinhold Niebuhr, to become one of the best-known theologians in the country, famous for works such as “The Irony of American History” and “The Nature and Destiny of Man.”

Source: What American Christians Hear at Church | The New Yorker

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

Source: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ode-west-wind
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822


 Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative
Egypt’s Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative

From astronomy to religion, the year’s shortest day brings enduring mysteries.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice