Monday's News & Ideas

  • Lonely luminous Nouwen
  • Making sense of resurrection
  • Three's a crowd
  • Designer vestments
  • Secular tsunami rollback attempt
  • Suckers for sorrow

Henri Nouwen: The life of a spiritual giantThe Toronto Star: Lonely, yet luminous, broken, yet prolific, angst-ridden, yet life-giving, Henri Nouwen, remains deeply compelling, as new biography reveals.

Christianity considered as trueThe (London) Guardian: The idea of resurrection into eternity is central to Christianity: it makes sense precisely because it's nonsense in earthly terms.

Polygamy may be hot, but in marriage three's still a crowdWashington Post: Same-sex marriage does not open the door to polygamy because what matters in marriage is not who but how many, says law and religion scholar.

Clergy on the catwalk as designer vestments spreadThe (London) Guardian: Gorgeous robes are not just for Popes and archbishops.

Meeting of minds: senior clergy gather in RomeThe (London) Independent: Senior Catholic clergy gather in Rome for what is being billed as a crucial attempt to roll back the "tsunami of secularisation" in Western Europe and North America.

The Spark

Why we're suckers for sorrowOne paradox of good fiction is that it centers on sadness. If fiction gives us pleasure, then why are we drawn towards what's gravely unpleasant? As Big Think reports, there are few possible reasons why we're suckers for sorrow.

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