Monday's News & Ideas

  • Same-sex marriage cases
  • Cheesus never dies
  • Holy days become holidays
  • Atheist money man
  • Letter by letter
  • You've been disconnected

Same-sex marriage comes to the Supreme CourtReligion & Politics: The Supreme Court will not decide based on the heartfelt stories of same-sex unions or on the moral rhetoric of traditional marriage's defenders.Washington Post: Political debate on same-sex marriage is arguably overNPR: 'Severing love from diapers': The other case against gay marriage

I bang my head against the wall when evangelicals turn Jesus into CheesusThe (London) Guardian: No PR agency in the world could sell the disturbing message of a broken man on the cross. That's why we get Jesus-lite.

Relationships are the new religion for manyUSA Today: For many people holy days such as Easter and Passover have become simply holidays -- celebrations with loved ones. But many see spiritual value in these gatherings.

The money man behind atheism's activismCNN Belief blog: Todd Stiefel, a slim, scruffy ex-Catholic, is making an indelible impact on the nation's fastest-growing "religious" group: the nonbelievers.

Letter by letter, keeping a Catholic outpost aliveThe New York Times: In late February, two weeks into Lent, Brother Norbert Karpfinger sat down to write a letter, one of hundreds he writes seeking donations for a Catholic daycare center.

The Spark

Your phone vs. your heartMost of us are aware of the convenience that instant electronic access provides. Less has been said about the costs. Writing in The New York Times, psychology professor Barbara Fredrickson says research suggests that one measurable toll may be on our biological capacity to connect with other people.

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