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Columnist writes book on religion

first_imgWhat’s wrong with American Christianity today? Just ask New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, who will speak on his latest book, “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” Wednesday at the Eck Hall of Law. Douthat said the book was intended to capture what is occurring within American Christianity. He said he defines “heresy” in two ways – when one completely departs from faith or when one pushes traditional faith to an extreme. “The ultimate goal of the book is to make a theological argument about how American religion [has become] increasingly heretical,” Douthat said. “[What constitutes heresy is] the hardest question human beings experience.” Douthat said he wrote “Bad Religion” in response to the stark divisions he observed between the religious and secular spheres during the Bush administration era. “Every argument about religion boiled down to whether God exists,” Douthat said. “I thought it made it seem like Americans in particular were divided into conservative Christians and secular people, and it didn’t capture America in all its weirdness and complexities.” The book also tries to take a more serious look at “pop spirituality,” Douthat said. “I spent a lot of time on figures like the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ [Elizabeth Gilbert] and Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” he said. “Those are the places where a lot of Americans get a lot of their religious sensibilities.” Douthat said he wanted “Bad Religion” to explore what happened to the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations in America beginning in the 1940s. “There were times when I thought I bit off more than I could chew,” Douthat said. “[The history] is just the first half of the book … I tried to cover such a broad and complicated story. It’s a hard story to tell … You could write a whole book about just what happened to Catholicism in the 1960s.” As the youngest op-ed contributor at the New York Times, Douthat said his youth was an advantage for finding a historical perspective on the internecine conflicts in the late 20th0th century. “I like to think that part of what I’m trying to do with my book is put some of the religious conflict in a bit of a historical perspective,” he said. “I didn’t participate in a lot of these debates, [which] gives me a little bit of distance and fresh perspective.” A Harvard graduate, Douthat said his education as a Catholic at a politically liberal school makes his perspective particularly interesting. Douthat said “Bad Religion” would be a fascinating read for Notre Dame students because it distills the challenge of trying to be traditionally Christian in a 21st-century society. “[I tried to] determine what the real challenges to the Catholic faith are,” he said. “Secularism isn’t that powerful … There are potent alternatives, [for example,] pseudo-Christianity.” Compared to his past two books, “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream,” Douthat said “Bad Religion” is the most ambitious. “[‘Privilege’] was a personal book, with a bit of sociology, that commented on elite education … It was a more limited subject,” he said. “[‘Grand New Party’] was more ambitious, but I did have a co-author. We shared the burden of tackling history and modern policy.” Douthat said he was honored to speak at Notre Dame as part of his tour. “[Notre Dame] is the flagship Catholic institution,” he said. Douthat will speak in 1140 Eck Hall of Law at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lunch will be served.last_img read more

Interstate 89 Paving Switching to Daytime Beginning this Weekend

first_imgInterstate 89 Paving Switching to Daytime Beginning this WeekendMONTPELIER – Paving crews beginning this weekend (October 25) will limit traffic flow during the day to one lane along Interstate 89 Northbound from Exit 14 in South Burlington to Exit 16 in Colchester. Motorists should expect delays and plan accordingly.Weather permitting, daytime paving over the weekend will take place from sun up to sun down, and continue into the evening. Daytime paving will continue into the work week as crews push to finish this 17-mile project, but traffic will not be impacted during the morning and afternoon peak commutes. Traffic during the work week will be restricted to one lane between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. only.Paving is weather dependent, but for planning purposes northbound motorists should expect delays between Exits 14 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day from Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31. Daytime paving will continue through the following weekend, November 1 and November 2, if necessary.Switching from night to daytime paving is necessary because temperatures at night are now often too low to pave. Crews must now work during the day when the temperature is warmer. Crews will, however, continue to work at night as the weather and temperature permits.last_img read more

The Latest: Central Michigan cutting men’s track program

first_imgThe decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.Scholarships for current men’s track athletes, including for new students this fall, will be honored for as long as they’re enrolled at CMU. Athletes can also transfer immediately if they choose.Elsewhere in the Mid-American Conference, Akron is cutting women’s tennis and men’s cross country and golf, and Bowling Green has dropped baseball.___The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the race’s trademark 1 1/2-mile distance that has been in place since 1926. It was last contested at a 1 1/8 mile in 1894.___The last candlepin bowling alley in the Massachusetts city where the sport was invented is closing, and management says the coronavirus pandemic is to blame. Colonial Bowling Center in Worcester is shuttering for good, manager Paul Wambach told The Telegram & Gazette on Monday evening. Tests were conducted on 748 players and club staff on Sunday and Monday.The league has not disclosed the names of the individuals who tested positive. They must self-isolate for seven days.___Spanish soccer club Málaga says it plans to fire some employees to improve its financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.The second-division club’s finances have been overseen by a public administrator since a judge replaced Qatari club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in February. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Central Michigan cutting men’s track program Málaga says the measure is one of many being taken to “ease the difficult economic situation it is experiencing.” It says the “restructuring” is needed to ensure its sustainability.The club did not say which employees will be fired. The team is in 15th place in the second-division standings.___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.Ten teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished. Associated Press The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend.___Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13.___center_img Two other unnamed people from the club gave “borderline” results in tests and another two had antibodies which indicated they had COVID-19 in the past.The Russian league plans to return on June 21.Rubin Kazan said Monday that defender Konstantin Pliev had tested positive for the virus but was “feeling fine.” Lokomotiv Moscow said last week that Peru forward Jefferson Farfan gave a positive sample and had symptoms including a cough, fatigue and fever.___The Premier League says six people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus following the first round of checks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track program, citing university-wide budget cuts. Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8.___French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 19, 2020 Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. Wambach said the fall-to-spring season provides most of the alley’s revenue. But the business has been closed since March and summer leagues usually start in April, so the business’s 91-year-old owner decided the time was right to close for good.Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880, according to the International Candlepin Bowling Association, and the city once had more than 25 alleys. ___Russian soccer club Dynamo Moscow says a player and a coach have tested positive for the coronavirus and samples from four others gave atypical results.Dynamo says defender Roman Evgeniev was found to be positive in recent testing ahead of the league’s planned return next month. The club also says a goalkeeping coach had been diagnosed earlier. The club says he hasn’t had contact with other employees since early April. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.”___last_img read more

No. 3 Women of Troy set to clash with No. 2 Bruins

first_imgFor the USC women’s water polo team, the last four weeks of the regular season couldn’t have gone any better.After a win last Saturday against No. 8-ranked San Jose State, the Women of Troy now ride a seven-game winning streak into this Saturday’s marquee matchup against crosstown rival UCLA.The No. 3-ranked Women of Troy (21-2, 4-1 MPSF) will suit up for what will be a clash between two of the nation’s best teams when they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA (20-2, 4-1 MPSF) in their regular season finale.The host Bruins are coming off a narrow 8-7 defeat at the hands of then-No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend. The loss dropped UCLA out of the top spot in the national rankings and propelled Stanford to        No. 1, while USC has remained steady at the No. 3 spot since the beginning of the season.Through 23 games this season, however, USC leads the MPSF in both offense and defense, scoring 17.57 goals per game and allowing just 4.43 goals per game. The Women of Troy have also outscored opponents by a whopping 404-102 margin.For head coach Jovan Vavic, though, those stats won’t mean much at the end of the season if the Women of Troy don’t bring their A-game on Saturday.“Against UCLA specifically, our defense has been good, but we’ve had problems scoring. In the last two games we’ve played them, our players only scored three goals, so we have to be more aggressive,” Vavic said. “That’s probably the one thing that has to be true for us to be successful against UCLA — we have to be more aggressive and more willing to take chances.”The Women of Troy are looking to avenge a 5-3 loss to the Bruins in the UC Irvine Invitational back in late February.Revenge and bragging rights, however, aren’t the only things on the line when these two teams meet, as this matchup will carry even greater implications than usual.The match will be important for MPSF conference standings and possible tournament seedings, as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament is on the line.It will also be a tough test in the pool for USC in Westwood, as the Bruins are a perfect 5-0 at home. The Women of Troy, however, are looking to spoil the Bruins’ afternoon festivities when they visit Spieker Aquatics Center.Senior two-meter Eike Daube thinks the high-pressure atmosphere will be a good test for the team.“We have a really young team this year, and that loss earlier this season was the first time a majority of our girls played in the big rivalry game, so now we’re more prepared and excited to get another opportunity to play UCLA,” Daube said. “It’s also going to be UCLA’s Senior Day as well, so there will be a lot more people than we’re used to, but that just adds to the atmosphere of playing at such a high level, and it’s really exciting.”Despite that loss to UCLA, the Women of Troy have been on a hot streak as of late, winning nine of their last 10 games and seven-in-a-row.USC’s quest for a good tournament seed continued last weekend when the Women of Troy hosted San Jose State at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.It was a special day for USC’s seniors last Saturday, as Daube, Monica Vavic, Michelle Mercado, Sara Salamon and Jennifer Stiefel were all honored in a pregame ceremony before tipping off against the Spartans.San Jose State came out of the gates hot and held close with a 4-2 score at the end of the first frame, but the Women of Troy turned up their defensive pressure and allowed just one goal in the second period.The Women of Troy held a 10-3 lead at the half and ultimately outscored the Spartans 7-3 the rest of the way, ending with a 21-6 win on Senior Day.Eleven different players scored against the Spartans, while seven goals were scored by seniors. Daube and Vavic led the way with three goals each, sophomore driver Stephania Haralabidis added a hat trick of her own and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro had nine saves in the cage.That win, however, will pale in comparison to a USC victory on Saturday against the crosstown rivals.“I think in order to win, we just need to focus on executing what we’ve been working on, and it’ll come down to people who you normally wouldn’t expect stepping up,” Daube said. “Because we have a very small senior class, UCLA is aware of who our top players are, but I think we can really make a difference with some of our younger girls, and I think they have something to prove.”One of those younger players who is looking to make an impact will be Chamorro.The Brazilian native won the starting spot after former Olympian and First Team All-American Flora Bolonyai graduated last year, and she has been steady in the cage all season long for the Women of Troy, averaging 6.78 saves per game and allowing only 4.34 goals per game.Chamorro thinks her improvement over the course of the season both mentally and physically has helped her confidence heading into just her second time playing in the storied rivalry match.“I believe I’ve improved a lot in the pool and out of it too, as a water polo player and as a person. The team and coaches have helped me a lot, and in the cage, I think I’ve been doing well for a freshman, so I’m excited,” Chamorro said. “I’m feeling really confident about this game, and I think our team has gotten much better since the beginning of the season, so we’re prepared to beat the Bruins. I think we can win this one.”In the end, behind all the excitement and anticipation surrounding this Saturday’s rivalry match, Vavic believes that if the team can just stick together and follow its normal game plan, the Women of Troy will be fine.“If our players are committed to the preparation, then what we do will all work out and we will be able to pull out a win,” Vavic said.USC will head across town for the key matchup against the Bruins on April 18. The regular season finale for both teams will begin at 1 p.m. at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Center.last_img read more

How long is Victor Olofsson out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Buffalo Sabres rookie

first_imgThe Buffalo Sabres suffered another blow Friday with news of rookie forward Victor Olofsson’s injury.Olofsson will miss time with a lower-body injury he sustained in the third period of Thursday’s 3-2 OT win against the Edmonton Oilers. Victor Olofsson injury timelineThe rookie winger suffered a lower-body injury Jan. 2 in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers.On Jan. 3, the team announced Olofsson will likely miss five to six weeks with the injury.This article will be updated with injury news as it is made available. On a play in which he recorded an assist, skating with the puck in the corner, the rookie landed awkwardly after his skate looked to catch an edge on the ice. Just before the fall, he fed the puck to Zach Bogosian at the point for a shot that was deflected in by Sam Reinhart to tie the game at two.Warning: the following video may be too graphic for some audiences.Hope Olofsson is alright. #Sabres50 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/y0OWhHhCk2— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays) January 3, 2020Olofsson led all rookies in goals (16) and points (35) at the time of his injury and was second on the team in goals, points and assists (19), trailing Jack Eichel in all three categories.MORE: Sidney Crosby injury updateHow long will Victor Olofsson be out?Preliminary reports by the team suggest that Olofsson will miss five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.”He will be gone for a few weeks now, we know that for sure,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. “Of course he has been a very important catalyst to the good things that are happening here in the team and we need to fill that hole. Guys need to step up as we had the same situation with Jeff [Skinner]. It’s definitely a challenging situation but we’ll pull together and fill that hole.”The specifics of his injury have not been announced.last_img read more


first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that the “disgraceful actions” of Clare County Council, which recently admitted to sending letters to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their requests, will not be replicated in Donegal.Cllr Murray described the action as a “bullying” tactic which targets the children of those who are making a stand against an unfair tax.“I was shocked to learn that Clare County Council had written to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their request. In other words – as the vast majority of applicants are teenagers and young adults who do not own their own home – the council is targetingthe children of those who are refusing to pay an unjust tax. They are threatening to block their access to education in order to bully their parents into paying. “This will not happen in Donegal.“Sinn Féin is currently seeking advice on the legality of this action. We hope to reverse the decision in Clare and prevent it from happening anywhere else in the state.“I have written to the Manager of Donegal County Council expressing my opposition to this action, stating that is not the way our council should operate.”“I am confident that the targeting of students is not a course of action that would be considered by the manager, the staff or members of Donegal County Council.”  DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTS, SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTSSAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more