Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Reclaiming the sacred
  • Maryland minister stands apart
  • Mormon baptism furor
  • Careers in 'beta'
  • Theology tapped-out?
  • Interdisciplinary powerhouse

Reclaiming a sense of the sacred Chronicle of Higher Education: Marilynne Robinson contemplates religion, science, art and the miraculous.

Speaking out for same-sex marriage law, black minister stands apart Washington Post: Delman Coates, senior pastor at the 8,000-member Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, is among few African-American preachers in Maryland who support the bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Mormon Church apologizes for posthumous baptisms Los Angeles Times: The parents of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal received posthumous baptism, one of many Jewish victims of the Holocaust to receive the rite. It also was sought for relatives of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Critics note that Mormons agreed in 1995 to stop the practice.

Networking tips from the ultimate networker NPR: Borrowing Silicon Valley's term for products still in testing, LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman urges listeners to think of their careers as being in permanent "beta."

Baroness Warsi: 'Faith must not be diluted' BBC: Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Conservative Party co-chairwoman and the third Muslim to become a Cabinet minister in Britain, has said that European Christians should be "stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their beliefs."

Denver Theology on Tap inspires controversy, venue change Catholic News Agency: The Archdiocese of Denver's Theology on Tap program, which met at a local bar, was compelled to seek a new venue after a lecture on religious liberty by Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley reportedly caused controversy among some patrons and staff.

The Spark

Cormac McCarthy on the Santa Fe Institute's brainy halls The Santa Fe Institute was founded in 1984 by a group of scientists frustrated with the narrow disciplinary confines of academia. They wanted to tackle big questions that spanned different fields, and they felt the only way these questions could be posed and solved was through the intermingling of scientists of all kinds. Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard and others explain to Newsweek what humanists are doing there.

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