Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Lent, forgiveness & lost art of dying
  • Digital formation
  • Evangelical Industrial Complex
  • Culture war never stopped
  • Latino Mormons vs. Romney
  • The righteous mind

Ash Wednesday prepares us for forgivenessSt. Louis Post-Dispatch: With a smearing of ashes, Lent gets underway.The (London) Guardian: Ash Wednesday: the lost art of dying

Faith online: Social media bridges the old and the newCNN: Digital Formation looks to help clergy and lay church leaders work their way through the ever-changing world of social media.

The Evangelical Industrial Complex & the rise of celebrity pastorsChristianity Today, Out of Ur blog: Behind the rise of today's pastoral pantheon is a systemic economic force.Christianity Today, Out of Ur blog: The Evangelical Industrial Complex & the rise of celebrity pastors (Part 2)

Presbyterians censure retired pastor for marrying same-sex couplesLos Angeles Times: Retired Presbyterian pastor has been censured for marrying same-sex couples during the brief time such unions were legal in California.

Rick Santorum didn't restart the culture war -- it never stoppedUS News & World Report, blog: The mainstream of American evangelicals has so thoroughly assimilated the ideal of American capitalism that any deviation is tantamount to radical godless humanism.Minnesota Post: Current church debates are enough to make a pastor feel sad -- and angry

Latino Mormons, fastest growing group within the church, speaking out against RomneyWashington Post: Growing number of vocal Hispanic Mormons say they intend to use Mormon teachings as a reason to convince others not to vote for Romney.

The Spark

Explaining liberals to conservatives, and vice-versaPleas to tone down the heated rhetoric in America tend to suffer the same fate as sensible-eating guidelines: endorsed in principle and ignored in practice. It's clear enough why. The views of liberals and conservatives rest on fundamentally different foundations, making it difficult to locate common ground, Miller-McCune reports. Lacking a basic understanding of their opponents' motivations, partisans view the other side warily, often assuming the worst. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt can tell you why you feel so righteous about your politics, but will you listen?

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