Monday's News & Ideas - 8/27/2018

  • McCain's quiet faith
  • Vatican coverup?
  • Church planting in Australia
  • Sweet dreams & faith
  • Faith on the rise?
  • 1932 poll results 

Sen. John McCain: Known as a veteran but also a man of quiet faith
Religion News Service: The longtime Arizona Republican senator viewed himself as a Christian but had "a distrust of the religious right and a faith that is too public, too political."

Making sense of McCarrick cover-up charges against Pope Francis
Crux: Here's John Allen's bottom line response: Take it seriously, but with a large grain of salt.
Religion News Service: Letter: Vatican knew about disgraced archbishop's behavior
National Catholic Reporter: Vigano letter exposes the putsch against Pope Francis

The couple who planted a church and the suburb that grew it
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Churches are closing throughout Australia, but the 'church planting' industry is booming. Meet the millennials building a multicultural congregation from a lawn bowls club.

Sleep studies find sweet dreams are made of faith
ARDA: A new wave of research on religion and sleep is finding a close relationship with a caring divinity may help religious individuals enjoy a good night's rest.

Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular
The (London) Guardian: Faith is on the rise and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group. What does it mean for the future?
Big Think: China and Europe stand out on world map of atheism

The Spark

The latest poll results -- from 1932
As Pacific Standard reports, the rediscovery of a Depression-era survey reminds us that assumptions about what drives voters can be very mistaken.

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