Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • A flickering light
  • Sic transit
  • Trinity Wall Street revolt
  • When the good do bad
  • Another M. Robinson review
  • Sibling rivalry grows up

A flickering lightAmerica: Michael O'Loughlin loves the institutional church and has chosen it, spiritually, educationally and professionally, for much of his life. But recently, the light is flickering.Christian Post: Youth turned off by religion and politics, turn away from church

Sic transit...Sightings: Celebrated figures like Robert Schuller and William Hamilton offer an opportunity to look anew at unsensational theologizing and ministries that guide millions.

Trinity Church's board in open revolt against Rev. James Cooper's extravagant waysNew York Post: Playing fast and loose with the numbers and church records, is one of many complaints that dog the man who heads the richest parish in the Anglican world.

When the good do badThe New York Times: These days, it's especially hard to think through situations like the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians because of the worldview that prevails in our culture, says David Brooks.The Daily Beast: Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing Afghan civiliansTruthdig: Chris Hedges: Murder is not an anomaly in war

Open Book: When I Was a Child I Read Books, by Marilynne RobinsonThe (Toronto) National Post: Marilynne Robinson undertakes an explicit defence of her religion -- in the process eviscerating much contemporary nonsense with a sharpness that is a joy to behold.

Pope's Mexico trip a chance to explore church-state conflictUSA Today: Pope's visit and site of the Mass symbolize the extent to which church and state have reconciled in Mexico.

The Spark

Sibling rivalry grows upMarianne Walsh and her sister, Megan Putman, keep track of whose kids their mother babysits more. They also compete with each other over parenting styles and their weight. Adult sibling rivalry remains one of the most harmful and least addressed issues in a family, the Wall Street Journal reports. We know it when we see it. Often, we deeply regret it. But we have no idea what to do about it.

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