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September 13, 2012

Thursday's News & Ideas

Blasphemy riots: less about theology, more about power plays
Christian Science Monitor: Riots were said to be provoked by a blasphemous portrayal of the prophet Muhammad, but Islam scholars say the teachings are ambiguous and co-opted for political ends.

A Jewish take on Jesus: Amy Jill Levine talks the gospels
U.S. Catholic: Jesus was smack in the middle of the Jewish tradition of his time. Remembering that can make you a better Christian, says this Jewish scholar of the New Testament.

Pastor at Meriden church isn't your average AME pastor
Meriden (Ct.) Record Journal: The parishioners of Parker Memorial AME Zion Church are getting used to their new, female, white pastor.

My Take: The Mother Teresa you don't know
CNN Belief blog: Here's a quick Blessed Mother Teresa primer, emphasizing the stuff that you probably don't know, some of which we only learned recently.

Young people see family care as higher moral priority than religion
The (London) Independent: Young people today in Great Britain think that morality means looking after your family rather than taking part in religion, a survey has shown.

The Spark

For the fearful who have everything
You can never be too rich or too secure. At least that's what high-tech security experts and gadget makers say when pitching their products and services to the rich and famous, The Wall Street Journal reports. Here's the latest in high-tech security gadgets .

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