Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Boomers in church
  • Contraception & religious liberty
  • Fla. church-state vote
  • Religion & mayhem
  • Vatican in the digital age
  • America's moral divide

Why am I back in church?The New York Times: Even baby boomers might one morning come to find themselves in the kind of a place where icons are revered, not smashed.

Contraception and religious libertyThe New York Times: Federal court decision is a victory for women and religious freedom.

Amendment 8 pits religious groups against backers of church-state separationOrlando (Fla.) Sentinel: Dead almost 120 years, James Blaine -- the GOP presidential candidate in 1884 -- is making an appearance in Florida's 2012 election.

Wole Soyinka: Religion doesn't justify mayhemThe Root: A Nobel laureate says we must stop excusing religion's role in crimes against humanity.

Can the Vatican survive the age of digital media?The Atlantic: Some institutions may not adapt to 21st-century radical transparency.

The Spark

How science explains America's great moral divideIn an interview with Scientific American, researcher Jonathan Haidt delves into the psychology of the red state/blue state divide, and offers hope for reconciliation.

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