Wednesday's News & Ideas - 1/10/2018
- American exceptionalism & America 1st
- Oprah: prophet, priestess, queen?
- Baby Jesus, Dreamer in Egypt
- Calif. megachurches & Christian culture
- Saving social innovation
- Americans, parking & rage
American exceptionalism and America First
Religion & Politics: "America First" may seem like American exceptionalism, but it actually offers a radically different vision of the nation's place and purpose in the world.
Oprah: prophet, priestess … queen?
The New York Times: To the extent that there is a specifically American religion, a faith tradition all our own, Oprah has made herself its pope, Ross Douthat says.
Baby Jesus was a Dreamer in Egypt
Religion News Service: The Bible is filled with admonitions about treating strangers and aliens justly.
How California's megachurches changed Christian culture
The Conversation: California megachurches played a significant role in how millions of people -- Christian or not -- understand Christianity.
A year of pushback to save social innovation
The New York Times: The idea vacuum in Washington means that states, cities and even neighborhoods are stepping in -- not only to come up with ways to solve problems but also to spread those ideas.
Americans are pretty ugly when parking their cars
Parking is a common, monotonous activity during which a driver can experience a full range of emotions - anxiety about finding a spot, pride when they find one and, of course, anger when another driver takes it. As The Outline reports, the worst part of driving will never get better.