Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Youth ministry: Transformation
  • Bible in business
  • Inquisition & the modern world
  • Evolution stumbling block
  • Jesus statue shooting
  • Sports & character

The Spirit Journey YouthDaily Episcopalian: In youth ministry, transformation is the name of the game.

Separating Church and (Iowa) StateInside Higher Ed: Everyone agrees a recently canceled Iowa State class on the Bible in business is a First Amendment issue. As to what that issue is, opinions vary.

A grim aspect of modernity (and a breezy tour)The New York Times: "God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World" offers readers a tour of the Inquisition's nearly 700-year-old edifice.

Why do so many have trouble believing in evolution?NPR: Does evolution really need to be such a stumbling block for so many?

Logan pastor says Jesus statue shot in headCharleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail: Congregation says it will forgive, pray for culprit.

'Team Amelia' backs transplant for special needs childUSA Today: Ameila Rivera, who has a rare-genetic disorder, called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, was denied a transplant, her parents say.Washington Post: Amelia Rivera and medical moralityMSNBC: Art Caplan: Serious issues in disabled girl transplant case

The Spark

Do sports build character or damage it?Do sports build character? PE teachers, coaches, boosters, most trustees, and alumni seem sure that they do. As for professors, they often see sports as a diversion from the real business of education, Mark Edmundson, a professor of English, writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education. To Edmundson, it often seems that neither the boosters nor the bashers want to go too far in examining their assumptions about sports.

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