Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Mormonism, evolving faith
  • Pope: Keep it simple, joyful, credible
  • Embracing Jewish heritage in Colombia
  • 2.5 Man actor & 7th Day Adventism
  • No bah humbug for Dickens
  • Alarming charts

Mormonism: a scrutinized, yet evolving faithNPR: Mormons say their religion is often misunderstood because, unlike other faiths, it changes with time.

When sharing the faith, keep it simple, joyful, credible, pope saysCatholic News Service: Pope Benedict XVI says Christians need to keep the Gospel message simple and live what they teach with love and joy.Christian Today: UK Christians prefer 'friendship evangelism'

Colombian evangelical Christians convert to Judaism, embracing hidden pastWashington Post: Small community joins a worldwide movement in which descendants of Jews forced from Spain long ago are discovering and embracing their Jewish heritage.

'Two and a Half Men' actor's criticism of show shines light on Seventh-day AdventistsCNN Belief blog: Religion scholars say actor's comments deriding "Two and a Half Men" might speak to the zeal of a new convert and to some of the tenets of Seventh-day Adventism.

On 200th birthday, there's no'bah humbug' for Charles DickensReligion News Service: 'Tis the season for "Bah Humbug" and "God bless us every one," especially as the world caps off 200th anniversary year of Charles Dickens' birth.

The Spark

5 charts about climate change that should have you very, very worriedTwo major organizations released climate change reports this month warning of doom and gloom if we stick to our current course and fail to take more aggressive measures. The Atlantic presents some of the more alarming graphic images from the reports.

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