Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Biden panel & faith leaders
  • Vices gone virtual
  • Religion at Oxford
  • Nones holding steady
  • Ditch the evangelical brand?
  • More than happiness

Biden's gun panel meets with faith leadersCNN Belief blog: Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders.

Virtual vices show shift in American moralityReligion News Service: The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime, as our vices have also gone virtual.

Oxford losing its religionThe Oxford Student Online: Census figures reveal that Oxford has the highest percentage of people without a religion of any city in the UK.

In U.S., rise in religious "Nones" slows in 2012Gallup: The 17.8% who reported no religious identity in 2012 is on par with 2011.

Time to ditch 'evangelicals'?Washington Post: Rev. John Dickerson has been wondering: Can the evangelical brand be scrubbed clean in the United States? Or should it be tossed?

The Spark

There's more to life than being happyIn 1991, Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" was listed as one of the 10 most influential books in the United States. But today, the Atlantic reports, the book seems to be at odds with our culture, which is more interested in the pursuit of individual happiness than in the search for meaning. As Frankl knew, "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness."

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