Have you found yourself in a conversation about something regarding religion and the news and been off balance because you didn’t know enough of the story? When online news blurbs and USA Today headlines aren’t enough, try the website (as well as the broadcast) for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The website summarizes and adds to the television broadcast, which is anchored by veteran journalist Robert Abernethy. The website offers a companion viewers’ guide, transcripts of interviews with guests, related articles dealing with key issues in religion and ethics news, a list of related resources, as well as detailed summaries of individual stories. There are many videos of interviews that are professionally done. There is a section on the website that lists the most discussed posts for the week, so a visitor to the site can see what others are most interested in. A current events-oriented adult education class might find these resources useful. So would a busy pastor wanting an accurate weekly review of news from a religious and ethics point of view. Primary funding for the website is from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Reviewed by Tim Shapiro