Friday's News & Ideas

  • French Jesuit's influence
  • Bishop Jakes talks to Larry King
  • Quitting Facebook a mistake?
  • Last UK religion writer axed
  • Accounting boosts creativity
  • Speaking Cherokee in Arkansas

News & Ideas will not be published Monday, May 26. Publication will resume Tuesday.

U.S. nuns haunted by dead Jesuit: the ghost of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Religion News Service: One of Rome’s chief complaints about American nuns is the sisters’ continuing embrace of the notion of “conscious evolution,” an idea that leads back to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit.

Bishop T.D. Jakes Larry King Now: Bishop T.D. Jakes, named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time, tells Larry King that his faith cannot be proved, but says “I believe it like I believe I’m in love.”

Could quitting Facebook be a mistake? Relevant Magazine: After taking a weeklong break from technology, writer Allison Vesterfelt vows not to give it up entirely, but to put technology in its place.

Fleet Street's last religious affairs position axed as Ruth Gledhill leaves Times after 27 years Press Gazette: Ruth Gledhill, believed to be the last full-time UK national newspaper reporter dedicated to covering religion, has been laid off from The [London] Times.

7 Ways Doing Your Accounts Can Boost Your Creativity 99U: Here are seven ways putting off your accounts can harm your creativity – and seven creative benefits of knuckling down and getting them done each month.

The Spark

Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas What language does your state speak? Not surprisingly, Spanish is the most common language after English in most of the country. But when you remove it from the mix, things get interesting. In a series of maps based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Slate’s Ben Blatt offers a detailed look at the languages spoken in American homes.

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