Friday's News & Ideas

  • The woman to save ECUSA?
  • Can the food drives
  • Texas a diploma mill magnet?
  • Christmas presence
  • Art & capital
  • Faith & The Tebow Thing

Right Rev. Mariann Budde reaching out for a more vital Episcopal ChurchWashington Post: Is the Right Rev. Mariann Budde the woman to save the Episcopal Church? On meeting her, you'd hope so.

Can the cansSlate: Why food drives are a terrible idea.

Questions surround unregulated institutionsThe New York Times: Critics say Texas court decision exempting religious schools from accreditation could turn state into a breeding ground for unregulated diploma mills.

Christmas presenceU.S. Catholic: Give the kids your attention before they're left to their own electronic devices.

Patrons of the revolution: Why the art world has always relied on bankers' cashIrish Times: In the Renaissance, as now, the art world struggled to reconcile its independence with its reliance on capital.

Vatican university hosts unusual tattoo conferenceAssociated Press: Tattooed mummies, Crusaders, and Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university on the role of tattoos in shaping identity.

The Spark

The people who hate Tim TebowIf you've lost interest in thinking about Tim Tebow, don't read Chuck Klosterman's article in Grantland. It will only make you crazy, he warns. The crux of this whole "Tebow Thing," he says, is the matter of faith, the ongoing choice between embracing a warm feeling that makes no sense or a cold pragmatism that's probably true. In defiance of modernity, Tebow makes blind faith a viable option. He makes people wonder if they should try to believe things they don't actually believe.

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