Monday's News & Ideas - 6/11/2018

  • God in Silicon Valley
  • Religious bias & higher ed
  • Ditch the pews?
  • Women & Patterson's rise/fall
  • Pope accepts bishop's resignation
  • You're not a big deal

How to talk about God in Silicon Valley
Quartz: Silicon Valley's Christians describe life as an uneasy negotiation between expressing their faith and integrating themselves into secular workplaces where religion is viewed, at best, as an anachronistic curiosity, and at worst, as a malevolent force.

The Masterpiece Cakeshop decision and higher ed's approach to religion
Inside Higher Ed: Eboo Patel wonders, in certain segments of higher education, is bias against religion a feature, not a bug?

Victorian pews sold off in battle for the heart of Bath Abbey
The (London) Guardian: Medieval building is the latest to strip out hand-crafted seating as churches strive to adapt to 21st-century needs.

How women led to the dramatic rise and fall of Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson
The Washington Post: A Southern Baptist icon's views on women cemented his power -- and led to his downfall.
Religion News Service: Patterson won't address meeting as Southern Baptists gather amid scandals

Francis accepts resignation of Chilean bishop at center of abuse scandal
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Catholic bishop at the center of Chile's clergy sexual abuse crisis, in the first of what is expected to be a wave of firings to root out what the pontiff has termed a "culture of abuse and cover-up" in the country's church.

The Spark

You're simply not that big a deal: now isn't that a relief?
At Aeon, Melissa Dahl says that self-esteem -- a hallmark of millennials' childhoods -- turns out to be poor preparation for dealing with the everyday embarrassments of being human. Instead, she suggests a self-directed attitude that has been called the opposite of love: indifference.

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