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October 24, 2013

Thursday's News & Ideas

Evangelical leader preaches pullback from politics, culture wars
The Wall Street Journal: Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention says it is time for evangelicals to tone down the rhetoric.

Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow brings brains and Jewish faith to mound
Jewish Daily Forward: The smartest player in Major League Baseball, Red Sox pitcher knows biology, Tikkun Olam and has a mean slider.

Beer and religion come together at Monument brewery
Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette: On Tuesday nights at Pikes Peak Brewing Co., large crowds have been gathering for monthly talks about faith in a casual setting, called Tapping Into Theology.

A blow to the New Atheism? Britain is losing its religion -- and becoming "spiritual" instead
New Statesman: A new study shows the apparently limited appeal of scientific materialism. But is it evidence that hardline atheism of the Richard Dawkins variety has little popular appeal?

Hollywood looks to the Bible for screenplay potential
Religion News Service: Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream films: the Bible.

The Spark

The secret to how we spend our last days
Melissa Musick Nussbaum and her sister drove to Texas to see their two remaining aunts and Nussbaum's mother-in-law. "We went to see these elderly women we love,"she writes at the National Catholic Reporter. "We did not expect to have such a clear sense of what is right and what is heartbreakingly wrong with their care."

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