Protests over church burnings continuing in central Cairo after weekend of deadly clashes

Coptic Christians are picking up the pieces after violent clashes over the weekend in which two churches were set ablaze and 12 people were killed.

More than 180 people have been injured since violence broke out on Saturday over rumours that a church was holding a Christian woman against her will because she wanted to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.


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Textual kindness

One of the marks of an educated person is the ability to engage in critical thought. Literature professor Heidi Oberholtzer Lee argues that much of what passes for critical thought in higher education is just critical. She tries to inculcate in her students a spirit of humility—to listen, value and engage the writers, to see what wisdom one can learn from them, before engaging in a hermeneutics of suspicion. She wants her students to display humility not only toward one another but also toward the texts they read.