Thursday's News & Ideas
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 world
The (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 Christianity
Associated 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 world
The (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.
Performance anxiety? Take a deep breath
Do 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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