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July 9, 2013

Tuesday's News & Ideas

Modern hymn writers aim to take back Sunday
NPR: The hymn is getting more love from modern worship leaders, even if it's just tagging a new praise song with a classic chorus.

For some converts, Ramadan is the loneliest time of year
Religion News Service: Ramadan is the most social month of the Muslim year, but many American converts to Islam break the daily fast alone, often in front of the TV set.

Dippers divided
The Economist: The effectiveness of the Catholic-evangelical axis may be compromised by a deepening ideological fissure within the evangelical camp.

Joel Hunter pays a price for political activism
Religion News Service: The Rev. Joel Hunter discovers there's a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. "There is no such thing as safe leadership."

Possessed: Polish flock to Mass conducted by exorcist
Spiegel: Followers of a charismatic Ugandan priest, famed for his talents as an exorcist, packed a Warsaw stadium this weekend.

The Spark

Staying alive
Our genes and our culture tell us to live as long as possible -- even when living is misery. At Aeon magazine, writer Rhys Southan asks, should we listen?

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