ISIS: Vengence or Spirituality, European Jews Flee to Israel, and The Temple of TED

ISIS:  Drive by Revenge or Theology?

A recent article called “What ISIS Really Wants” has become the most read story ever published in the history of The Atlantic. In it, Graeme Wood says that pretending that the so-called Islamic State isn’t actually a religious group, with a coherent theology, has led the rest of the world to underestimate its power. But it has caused an uproar online. One of Wood’s most thoughtful critics is Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi, who says the problem with Wood’s analysis is not what he says, but what he doesn”t say: that the root causes of ISIS are “the hellish conditions Western powers created in the region.”  Featuring Graeme Wood, lecturer in political science at Yale University and a contributing editor to The Atlantic and Yasir Qadhi, Muslim cleric and assistant professor of religion at Rhodes College

A Terrible Choice for the Jews in Europe?

To Jeffery Goldberg, the Jews of Europe are facing a revolting choice: the coffin or the suitcase. After 15 years of violent, anti-Semitic attacks in France, Britain, Germany and elsewhere, thousands of Jews are already fleeing for Israel and the United States. As Goldberg explains in the April cover story for The Atlantic, the perpetrators are often disenfranchised Muslim immigrants, looking for a simple explanation for their own anxieties.
Featuring Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic.

The Church of TED

Megan Hustad can recognize “the cadence of missionary zeal” when she hears it. And this time, it’s coming from the TED Talks, the widely popular, NPR-approved lectures that impart “ideas worth spreading.” But for Hustad, the daughter of Christian Evangelicals, TED’s airy promises delivered in darkened rooms across the country remind her a bit too much of tent revival sermons.  Hustad’s essay, “The Church of TED,” which first appeared in The New York Times.   Megan Hustad, author of More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments

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