Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Catholic 'Thrilla in Manila'
  • Rowan: Meditate
  • Islam in Haiti
  • Congressman blasts evolution
  • 50th anniversary of Vatican II
  • Take a deep breath

Ryan v. Biden, the Catholic 'Thrilla in Manila'Washington Post: Both Ryan and Biden not only practice their common faith but have been shaped in important ways by it.

Archbishop of Canterbury: meditation is the key to living in this insane worldThe (London) Telegraph: Rowan Williams calls for a revival of centuries-old monastic traditions to help people become "properly human" in an "insane" consumerist society.

Islam's inroads in land of Voodoo and ChristianityAssociated Press: Islam has won a growing number of followers in Haiti, especially after the catastrophe two years ago that killed some 300,000 people and left millions more homeless.

Congressman draws fire for calling evolution, Big Bang 'lies from the pit of hell'CNN Belief blog: U.S. congressman blasts evolution and the Big Bang theory as "lies from the pit of hell" in a recent speech at a church event in his home state of Georgia.

How the second Vatican council responded to the modern worldThe (London) Guardian: The 50th anniversary of the council is a good time to reflect on the momentous changes that took place in the Catholic church.

The Spark

Performance anxiety? Take a deep breathDo your palms get sweaty as you're about to make a public presentation? Does the thought of being judged make you jittery? It's called performance anxiety, and it bedevils many musicians, Pacific Standard reports. The solution: Breathe .

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