Friday's News & Ideas

  • Putting beliefs to the test
  • Extreme weather & the end times
  • Is religious neutrality possible?
  • Sin & symbolism in Wise Blood
  • Creatives as leaders
  • Conservative/Liberal caricatures

Why our church is taking heat for opening our doors to MuslimsReligion News Service: The Rev. Ed Bacon says that, tomorrow, everything he has ever believed and preached from the pulpit of All Saints Episcopal Church will be put to the test.

Survey: One in three Americans see extreme weather as a sign of biblical end timesCNN Belief blog: Thirty-six percent of Americans say that the severity of recent natural disasters indicates that we are at the precipice of Jesus' second coming and the end of the world.

Reason in the season? Rationality and the difficulty of religious neutralitySightings: Is religious neutrality possible to achieve at all, no matter what kind of judicial or legislative ruling the state makes?

Reading group: sin and symbolism in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood?The (London) Guardian: It's hard to believe that readers initially doubted morality and redemption were central to O'Connor's Catholic masterpiece. But the author was quite firm on the matter.

The bias against creatives as leaders99U: Why is the less creative job candidate the one most likely to be hired?

The Spark

On moral values, liberals more prone to stereotype than conservativesConservatives couldn't care less if people get hurt, and liberals think anything goes. Caricatures? Absolutely, Pacific Standard reports. But such stereotypes are widely held among Americans, with liberals particularly clueless about the concerns of conservatives. Fortunately, American liberals and conservatives are less polarized than we realize .

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