Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/29/2017

  • Intellect & piety
  • No to Church of Facebook
  • Vatican cardinal charged
  • Tobin Q&A
  • Barber's moral movement
  • I don't know

Harvard's first light
First Things: The founders of Harvard refused to accept a dichotomy between the love of learning and the desire for God.

Mark Zuckerberg, the Church of Facebook can never be. Here's why
The (London) Guardian: You're talking piffle, Mark. Because at their best, churches offer a perspective on life fundamentally opposed to the culture Facebook encourages and upon which it feeds.

Vatican cardinal charged with sexual assault
The Atlantic: George Pell is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever incur the charges in the church's longstanding history of abuse.

Cardinal Tobin's real-life approach to faith
U.S. Catholic: Faith, says Joseph Cardinal Tobin, is not what you do on Sunday mornings. It's who you are. It's how you see. It's how you act.

'Woe unto those who legislate evil': Rev. William Barber builds a moral movement
The Washington Post: Rev. William Barber aims to spread the Moral Mondays model nationally to resist what he views as the dangerous economic and social policies of the Trump administration.

The Spark

If you want to be smarter, learn to say "I don't know"
We seem to live in a world where everybody is always certain and nobody is willing to concede that they might be wrong, Quartz reports. More often than not, the issue lies in our inability to humbly accept that we don't and can't know everything; that, often, we are wrong.

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