Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Christian-Muslim encounters
  • Politics & two Catholicisms
  • Religion & mutual funds
  • Behave, bankers
  • Shakespeare & the BCP
  • Black & white sign language

Considering Christian-Muslim encountersUS Catholic: Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald considers the importance of Christian-Muslim encounters.CNN Belief blog: Brian McLaren: It's time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose

The power of political communionThe New York Times: As Democrats scramble for a message to counter the Republican trope of godly individualism, a powerful resource is staring them in the face.

Heard off the street: Consider religion in mutual fundsPittsburgh Post-Gazette: Investors have plenty of factors to consider when choosing mutual funds. They conceivably could add religion to the list.

Bankers should behave at work as they do at home, says Archbishop Vincent NicholsThe (London) Telegraph: Bankers and businessmen leave their sense of right and wrong at home when they go to work, according to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Shakespeare and the Book of Common PrayerHuffington Post: One answer to the mystery of how Shakespeare's plays achieved their particular magic may be the Book of Common Prayer.

The Spark

Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of whitesCarolyn McCaskill remembers exactly when she discovered that she couldn't understand white people. It was 1968, she was 15, and she and nine other deaf black students had enrolled in an integrated school for the deaf in Talledega, Ala. When the teacher addressed the class, McCaskill was lost, the Washington Post reports. Even in the language of the deaf, race makes a significant difference in how people communicate .

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