Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Sacredness & elder care
  • Stories in wood
  • Atheist Night at the park
  • Kumbaya & gay issues
  • Race, religion & politics
  • What makes Batman tick?

It's out with the old as Christian values fall awayThe Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald: We should be concerned that the population is aging at the same time belief in a transcendent narrative of humanity's sacred worth is declining.

In Queens, carver tells religious stories through woodCNN Belief blog: In the Queens neighborhood of Astoria, woodworker Konstantinos Pilarinos lovingly chisels elaborate carvings destined for Greek Orthodox churches across the country.

Mixing politics, religion, and baseballMinnesota Public Radio: The Saint Paul Saints minor league team will change their name to the Aints as part of Atheist Night at the old ballyard.

Christianity's broken houses of faithCharlotte (N.C.) Observer: "Kumbaya" connotes "naive, unrealistic optimism." Which pretty much covers any hope that Christians will reach consensus over gays and gay marriage.The (London) Guardian: An inclusive church is a fundamental gospel imperative

Race, religion and politics: A look at the election impactsABC News: Racially insensitive attitudes toward blacks cost Barack Obama some votes, and to a lesser extent negative views on Mormonism hurt Mitt Romney politically.

The Spark

The id, the ego and the superhero: What makes Batman tick?When you look at Batman with a coldly analytical eye -- and he's hard to avoid these days -- a few things stand out as potential red flags, NPR reports: the secrecy, the lair, the attraction to danger, the blithe self-sacrifice, the ... cape. Is he entirely ... well?

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