Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Lost in translation
  • Picking and choosing religious exemptions?
  • Perils of succession
  • Priest defends communion denial
  • Leaving Goldman Sachs
  • The death of cash

Translating (away) the son of God Christianity Today: Keeping the same words, or the closest equivalents in a target language, does not guarantee preservation of the same meaning. And sometimes it achieves precisely the opposite.

Not all choice is free Religion Dispatches: Why demand religious exemption for contraception, not the death penalty, torture or unjust war?

Tumult at Crystal Cathedral megachurch rooted in perils of succession Christian Science Monitor: The Rev. Robert H. Schuller's very public split with the megachurch he founded, along with all family members, points to the perils involved in handing over the reins to the next generation, say analysts. Crystal Cathedral fits that pattern.

Gaithersburg priest defends decision to deny lesbian communion The Washington Post: A Gaithersburg priest who was put on administrative leave from his parish after a controversial funeral Mass at which he denied communion to a lesbian said in a statement Wednesday that he “did the only thing a faithful Catholic priest could do” and suggested that archdiocesan leaders and the woman were lying.

Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs New York Times: Resigning employee Greg Smith describes how he feels the firm changed the way it thought about leadership. NPR: Goldman Sachs starts to fire back at exec who quit in scathing op-ed

The Spark

The slow death of cashThe new book “The End of Money” reads like a late-night walk through the seedier corners of the global economy. There's the small-town Baptist minister who calls electronic commerce the "mark of the beast," the North Korean printing presses turning out counterfeit $100 supernotes and the strange German ATM that spits out gold coins. Despite our attachment to cash, author David Wolman argues that it is likely to slowly become obsolete -- and that it costs society far more than we think it does.