Friday's News & Ideas

  • Roots of benevolence
  • Graduation & public religion
  • Pope & nonbelievers
  • Day, Merton, O’Connor & Percy
  • Creationism fails the test
  • Power watching

The roots of benevolence: Christian ideals and social benefitAustralian Broadcasting Commission: It is an uncomfortable truth that many charitable endeavors simply wouldn't have started without the Christian faith to drive them.

Public religion in a post-Christian age, graduation editionReligion Dispatches: It’s graduation season, a golden opportunity to observe the various ways religion is handled in American public life circa 2013.

Pope Francis: a leader for believers and atheists alikeThe (London) Guardian: The new pope fights poverty and complacency wherever he sees it. He could be a superhero even for an atheist.

Traveling merciesAmerica: Angela Alaimo O'Donnell and her students have been on pilgrimage this spring, traveling with boon companions Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy.

Give me an “F”! Creationists fail a fourth grade science testSlate: As evidenced by a religious school’s science test, creationism is wrong, and it’s certainly not science.

The Spark

The power watcher fesses upFrom across coffee shops, bars and conference rooms, Janna Payne keeps score. She notices the power holders and power hoggers, how power is shared, spared and sprung. Writing in Geez magazine, the says she is addicted to the art and science of power watching .

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