Thursday's News & Ideas

  • When is it time to go?
  • When Mass was media
  • Heavy-metal church
  • Getting the Bible wrong
  • Dangerous calling
  • A Valentine's meditation

From pope to politician, when do you know it's time to go?CNN: Choosing to step down from a top job can be an extraordinary decision, whether the person is a pontiff or a politician.

The last time a pope resigned, mass media was called ... MassThe Atlantic: A pope hasn't stepped down from office for 600 years. What was the "media frenzy" like in 1415?

The heavy metal-loving churchBBC: Across the UK, underground Christian groups are at work, reaching out to people and subcultures that feel alienated by the traditional Church.

On homosexuality, many Christians get the Bible wrongWashington Post: For many Christians, the handful of Bible verses related to same sex intimacy seem more like the 100 plus verses on slavery than they do the teachings of Jesus, says Adam Hamilton.

The sin of a preacher manChristianity Today: Why churches can't afford to overlook the spiritual lives of their pastors.

The Spark

Why is this basic woman so valuable to this basic man whose arm she holds?What does an economist know about love? Maybe a lot, if it was the late Herbert Stein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Nixon and Ford. In honor of Valentine's, Slate reprints a favorite from the archive: a classic meditation by Stein on love and human companionship.

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