Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Giving less to God
  • Institutional roots of abuse
  • Think inside the box
  • Cure ministry closes
  • Frederick Douglass, preacher
  • Changing milestones to adulthood

Americans are giving less money to GodCBS Market Watch: Americans are becoming more giving, but fewer and fewer of their donations are going to houses of worship, study finds.

Bishop diagnoses the institutional diseaseNational Catholic Reporter: Retired Catholic bishop's book traces clergy sexual abuse scandal into the foundation of the institution and its very idea of God.

Think inside the boxWall Street Journal: Forget brainstorming: People are at their most innovative when they work within the constraints of what they already know.

Group apologizes to gay community, shuts down 'cure' ministryCNN: After 37 years, Exodus International, an organization whose mission was to "help" gay Christians become straight, is shutting down. But not before issuing an apology.

5 religious facts you might not know about Frederick DouglassReligion News Service: Frederick Douglass is known as the father of the civil rights movement. But the 19th-century abolitionist and former slave was also a licensed preacher.

The Spark

New ways to gauge what grown-up meansAs the oldest members of the Millennial generation enter their early 30s, psychologists and market researchers are identifying new and distinctive ways they are defining adulthood, the Wall Street Journal reports. Instead of the traditional stair-step path to marriage, a house and kids, the milestones to adulthood for Millennials are much squishier and very individualistic .

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