Friday's News & Ideas - 10/13/2017

  • Help ending 'worship wars'
  • Roy Moore denies reports
  • Why I gave up church
  • Thwarted bombing garners little attention
  • The benefits of humility
  • Is online dating changing society?

Center for Congregational Song launches as antidote to ’worship wars’
Religion News Service: Praise team leaders, organists, gospel choir members and other lovers of church music will gather in Dallas this weekend to launch the Center for Congregational Song in an effort to counter the “worship wars.” The online resource is an arm of the Hymn Society.

Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore blasts Washington Post reports
Fox News: Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat that once belonged to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lashed out at a report
that he stood to gain more than $540,000 from the sale of the headquarters building of a charity he once led.

Why I gave up church
Bearings: While much of the dialogue on church decline has focused on the “nones,” there is a quiet exodus of committed Christians. We “opt out” of church not because we do not want to attend church, but because we cannot find a church to attend, writes Chanequa Walker-Barnes.
Christianity Today: The significance of Lecrae leaving white evangelicalism

A thwarted airport bombing receives little national press -- and some activists cry foul
Salon: Major news outlets were quiet after the arrest last week of Michael Christopher Estes, who planted a bomb in an airport and said he was "preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil." Some ask: Would it be different if he were Muslim?

The 'quiet virtue' that science says can make us happy, healthy and wise
Association of Religion Data Archives: A wealth of new research reveals the many benefits of humility to the public good and the personal, social and professional lives of individuals. Earn your bragging rights by taking the ARDA quiz about humility.

The Spark

First evidence that online dating is changing the nature of society
Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself. Because people who meet online tend to be complete strangers, which sets up social links that were previously nonexistent.