Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Satan & the Emergent Church
  • Faith-based dorms
  • 4 themes for young Catholics
  • Unfriending former church
  • Science of forgiveness
  • I have a dream: text & context

Newest ‘Values Voters’ adversary to America: The Emergent ChurchReligion News Service: Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement.

Residence halls get religionInside Higher Ed: Several public and private universities are adding various forms of faith-based housing.

Four themes to help young Catholics retain their beliefsNational Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis is changing the face of Catholicism for a younger generation, with themes of authenticity, joy, being a radical, and rejecting part-time Christianity.

Goodbye, unfriend?Associated Baptist Press: Social media bring new challenges for pastors in transition. How do “separation ethics” for pastors apply to the use of social media?

The power of forgivenessBig Think: Forgiveness is not only grounded in faith, but also in science.

The Spark

“I have a dream”: The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speechFifty years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. To commemorate the occasion, Religion & Politics has republished the full text . Elsewhere, BBC magazine reports on the political context of King’s speech, and the suspicion, anxiety and fears the March on Washington provoked in the White House.

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