"Welcome to our world, Tim Keller"

Apr 23, 2018, 05:45 PM

In this episode, we discuss the unfamiliar sight of a world leader admitting a mistake, apologizing, and asking forgiveness--as Pope Francis has after initially backing a Chilean bishop accused of protecting sexually-abusive priests.

We also talk about the debate over Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State, which is strongly opposed not only by Democratic senators but also leading Muslim and Jewish groups. Pompeo's supporters claim that any criticism of his anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ remarks is actually criticism of his faith. That's a move we've seen time and again from religious conservatives in politics.

And finally, we discuss the recent gathering of leading evangelicals at Wheaton College, which apparently included New York City pastor Tim Keller bemoaning the "polarization" in evangelicalism. That polarization has been around for at least a century, but better late than never, eh, pastor?

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Discussed This Week:

Pope Apologizes for 'Serious Mistakes' in Handling of Chile's Sex Abuse Scandal (Scott Neuman and Sylvia Poggioli, NPR)

Pompeo's Kansas church asks God to 'give him strength' in Senate confirmation process (Bobby Ross Jr., Religion News Service)

Muslims find Jews standing behind opposition to Pompeo (Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Evangelical leaders discuss future of their movement in Trump era (Emily McFarlen Miller, Religion News Service)

Are these evangelicals ready to topple the idol of politics? (Michael Gerson, Washington Post)

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