Friday's News & Ideas

  • Happy Christian tweeters
  • Inspiring leadership
  • Economics of inequality
  • Divided Spain
  • Keep our pastor petition
  • The wonder of wonder

On Twitter, Christians are happier than atheistsPacific Standard: Followers of major Christian figures tend to express more positive emotions in their tweets than followers of well-known atheists.

What inspiring leaders doHarvard Business blog: When you talk with leaders who want to be more inspiring, you often get a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. They simply do not know what to do.

The economics of inequality: Why the wealth gap is bad for everyoneU.S. Catholic: Protecting the rich at the expense of the poor isn't just immoral, says economist. It is a recipe for economic disaster.

As Spain's people drift from Catholic Church, government cozies upChristian Science Monitor: Spain's conservative government is considering dramatic restrictions on abortion and has already increased the Catholic Church's role in education, revealing a divided society.

St. Colman parishioners collect 3,000 petition signatures to keep their pastorThe (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: Parishioners gather more than 3,000 signatures in a petition asking bishop to save their pastor from forced retirement.

The Spark

How wonder worksOne emotion -- wonder -- inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion, Jesse Prinz writes at Aeon magazine. We can manipulate it -- but why do we have it? What purpose could this wide-eyed, slack-jawed feeling serve?

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