Reconceiving Infertility: A New View of Childlessness in the Bible

Getting Over “Be Fruitful and Multiply”

One in eight American couples struggle with infertility. If they turn to the Bible for guidance—as 20 percent of Americans say they regularly do—they may be disheartened by passages that paint child-bearing as a sign of blessedness and moral goodness. Two scholars of the Bible, who have faced infertility in their own families, offer new interpretations. Can we view Mary as a surrogate mother for Jesus? And what does it mean that all of the Bible’s matriarchs had trouble conceiving children? Featuring Candida Moss, Professor of the New Testament at Notre Dame and co-author with Joel Baden of Reconceiving Infertility and Joel Baden, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School.

How the Pentagon Used a Christian NGO to Spy on North Korea

The United States has always wanted to keep an eye on North Korea, long known to harbor nuclear weapons. But it’s hard to spy on; North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world. It’s extremely difficult for foreigners to enter or exit–unless you happen to be a Christian missionary. Reporter Matthew Cole uncovered how the Pentagon secretly used a Christian humanitarian group to infiltrate the country’s borders from 2004 to 2012.  With guest Matthew Cole, National Security reporter for The Intercept.

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