Monday's News & Ideas

  • Marilynne Robinson book
  • 100-year-old priest
  • UK gay marriage row
  • Catholicism: Tea Part at prayer?
  • No right to wear cross?
  • Key trait for doctors

When I Was a Child I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson -- reviewThe (London) Guardian: The author of Gilead takes on Dawkins and company in delicate, persuasive essays on society and theology.Houston Chronicle: Review: Marilynne Robinson's 'When I Was a Child I Read Books'

Celebrating a life, a life's workPhiladelphia Inquirer: Oldest African American cleric in the Episcopal Church turns 100 next week, his voice as strong and clear as ever.

Church approval needed for gay marriage, says Archbishop of YorkThe (London) Independent: John Sentamu says Church of England rules define marriage as all churches declare opinions in the debate.The (London) Guardian: Legalising gay marriage unjustified, say archbishops

Catholicism is not the Tea Party at prayerWashington Post: Catholic bishops face important decision: Defend the church's legitimate interest in religious autonomy, or wage an election-year war against President Obama?

The officiant among usThe New York Times: Web-blessed "clergy" are becoming an increasingly popular choice to preside over weddings.

Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says GovernmentThe (London) Telegraph: Christians do not have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, British government is to argue in a landmark court case.The (London) Telegraph: Archbishop of Canterbury: Wearing a cross just decoration, says Dr Rowan Williams

The Spark

What single quality predicts a good doctor?What is the most important characteristic a medical student should have? Intelligence? Empathy? Time management? Ilana Yurkiewicz ,a first-year student at Harvard Medical School, recently came across an article from 12 years ago that pitches a different idea, she writes in Scientific American. A single trait underlies both the desire to learn in the classroom and to be empathetic on the wards: Curiosity.

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