Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • End of religion as we know it
  • Religion of innovation
  • Not so fast on post-religion
  • Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Pope Francis, a pragmatist?
  • Identifiable victim effect

The rise of religious "Nones" indicates the end of religion as we know itHuffington Post: If things continue to go in their current direction, religion will never look the same as it once did, says the chair of the religion department at Emory University.The (N.C.) State Technician: The significant insignificance of religion

The religion of innovationMIT Technology Review: Enough with innovation for innovation's sake.

Are we living in post-religious times?CBC-Radio Canada: It's easy to speculate that Canada has entered some sort of post-religious existence, but many who study issues of faith and spirituality in the country say, "Not so fast."

Lindisfarne Gospels: Why is this book so special?BBC: With its evocative art and still relatively new medium of writing, the 1,300-year-old Lindisfarne Gospels had an impact similar to that of films and electronic media today.

On gay unions, a pragmatist before he was a popeThe New York Times: Although a stalwart on the church's core issues, Pope Francis showed another side in Argentina, as a deal maker willing to compromise and court opposing sides.

The Spark

Stalin, Mother Teresa, and Rob Portman: What do they have in common?U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), last week reversed his public stance against gay marriage and cited his 21-year-old gay son as the reason for his change of heart. As Scientific American reports, such major about-faces are often the result of a common psychological phenomenon that impacts all of our decisions -- the identifiable victim effect. Why do individual stories have such a greater pull on us than statistics?

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