Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Kristof on gender injustice
  • Religion & political gridlock
  • Truett Seminary milestone
  • The cliff & charitable donations
  • Too much religion at West Point?
  • Brubeck: Great art survives

Waking up the church to gender injusticeChristianity Today: A CT interview with "Half the Sky" coauthor Nicholas Kristof.

My Take: The religious roots of our political gridlockCNN Belief blog: If the world is locked in a battle between good and evil, and our side is good, that leaves only one possibility for our opponents.

Truett Seminary reaches milestone with 1,000th graduateBaptist Standard: 1,000th graduate of Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary will mark a milestone for an institution that began 18 years ago with classes at First Baptist Church of Waco.

Survey: charitable donations would plummet under 'fiscal cliff' solutionChristianity Today: Poll suggests nearly 2 in 3 oppose changes to charitable tax deduction.

Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West PointAssociated Press: Cadet quits six months before graduation, saying he can no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets.

The Spark

Dave Brubeck was jazz's greatest centristForget politics -- jazz demands civility. Like the democratic arena, the world of woodwinds and high-hat cymbals insists on both innovation and the ability to negotiate with others under shifting circumstances. Few jazzmen knew how to meld the genre's manic moods as well as Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday at the age of 91. The Daily Beast presents five recordings that show Brubeck at his best. Fortunately, as Brubeck said in a 2009 interview with Commonweal about his music and his Catholic faith, "great art survives."

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