Friday Five: Thanksgiving, missionary death, Jordan Peterson, hurricane heroes, homeless church

GetReligion | 11/21/2018 | Bobby Ross Jr.
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Happy (day after) Thanksgiving!

I’ve been mostly away from the news this week, enjoying my favorite holiday.

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If I missed any important headlines that I should have included here, by all means, leave a comment below or tweet us at @GetReligion.

In the meantime, let’s dive right into the Friday Five:

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1. Religion story of the week: This is an international story, so you might have missed it. The Washington Post reports from New Delhi on an American missionary who tried “to meet and convert one of the most isolated hunter-and-gather tribes in the world” by offering them “fish and other small gifts.”

Instead, the Post reports that “the tribesmen killed him and buried his body on the beach, journals and emails show.”

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The story offers revealing insights from the journal as well as quotes from the missionary’s mother.

2. Most popular GetReligion post: As often happens, the words “Jordan Peterson” in a headline tend to attract attention.

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Last week’s No. 1 most-read post was by our editor Terry Mattingly — the piece that he wrote to support last week’s “Crossroads” podcast. The headline on that: “Why is Jordan Peterson everywhere, right now, with religious folks paying close attention?” Here’s a bite of that:

It’s obvious why Peterson gets so much analog news ink — his digital ink numbers are simply astonishing. We are talking about an academic force, with 100 or so formal papers, who has 922,000 Twitter followers and 1.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. I’ve seen figures for some Peterson “click” stats approaching...
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