Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/13/2018

  • Francis, 5 years on
  • Fundamentalist U
  • Undomesticated dissent
  • Who framed Magdalene?
  • Sistine Chapel production
  • Rohingya children's toys

The transformative promise of Pope Francis, five years on
The New Yorker: A proper evaluation of the Argentine's pontificate must begin not with the Pope himself but with the response that he has drawn from a vast population, including the legions who could care less about his creed, James Carroll says.
Religion News Service: Francis at 5: Paradigm shift in mercy, migrants and marriage

'Fundamentalist U'
Inside Higher Ed: Author Adam Laats discusses his new book on evangelical higher education.

Undomesticated love
Cardus: Curtis Freeman's "Undomesticated Dissent" is a timely read for Christians of all stripes, raising fundamental questions about the role of opposition in how we conceive of Christianity.

Who framed Mary Magdalene?
The (Dublin) Independent: As a new film about her life emerges, scholars are arguing for Mary Magdalene to be deemed a prominent leader of the early church. 

Bringing the Sistine Chapel to life, with the Vatican's blessing
The New York Times: An impresario known for his ceremonies at Olympic Games is recreating one of the world's great masterpieces. Will the spectacle appeal to tourists and Romans?

The Spark

The tragic brilliance of the toys Rohingya children have invented from trash
As Fast Company reports, after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, nearly a million Rohingya are refugees in Bangladesh, where children turn broken, everyday objects into toys.

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