Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Pew Muslim report
  • Where eurekas come from
  • Britons trust Google
  • Prayers that stay with us
  • Too old to be an elder?
  • Gap year volunteering

Poll: U.S. Muslims more moderate than Muslims worldwideReligion News Service: Pew study finds U.S. Muslims much less inclined to support suicide bombing than Muslims abroad, and more likely to believe that people of other faiths go to heaven.CNN Belief blog: Five takeaways from Pew's comprehensive study on Islam

How entrepreneurs come up with great ideasWall Street Journal: There is no magic formula. But that doesn't mean there's no formula at all.

Britons 'trust Google as much as religion'Sky News: A new survey of British families reveals changing trust levels in major institutions.

Memorization and formationDaily Episcopalian: The prayers we learn in our youth stay with us in our old age. The prayers we learn in our time of comfort stay with us in our time of need.

Too old to be an elder? Let's hope not, UM pastor saysUnited Methodist Reporter: Ordination should not be so much about the years that have passed as the years that are left, says the Rev. Chappell Temple.

The Spark

Is gap year volunteering a bad thing?Tour company founder Daniela Papi has volunteered all over the world and used to think it was the best way to travel. As she explains in BBC Magazine, volunteering abroad to build schools or dig wells might make people feel good about themselves, but it can be detrimental to those who are supposed to be helped.

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