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April 30, 2013

Tuesday's News & Ideas

Pope tells young to 'swim against the tide; it's good for the heart'
Catholic News Service: Pope Francis encourages young people to hang on to their ideals and pursue them. "We Christians weren't chosen by the Lord to do little things," he said.

An old-school confessional revives saying 'I'm sorry'
Religion News Service: The Rev. Janusz Kukulka can't say for sure that his parishioners are sinning more, but they sure are lining up at the new confessional booth to tell him about it.

Baseball and religion
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: NYU President John Sexton has written a most unusual book: "Baseball as a Road to God." That's right, baseball.

What physics can and can't say about God
Big Think: Efforts by physicists to present an alternative to God are problematic and relate to a misunderstanding about what the function of God is.
The (Toronto) Globe & Mail: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss double down on disbelief

The Spark

No rich child left behind
Here's a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Whether you think it deeply unjust, lamentable but inevitable, or obvious and unproblematic, this is hardly news, The New York Times reports. What is news is that in the United States these differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially.

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