Monday's News & Ideas

  • Churchless in America
  • Nones & the religious right
  • Angels & attorneys at GTS
  • Francis' different horizon
  • Jedi joke becoming real
  • Fear & decline of the humanities

Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn 'churchless'Religion News Service: If you're dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are "nones" -- people who claim no particular religious identity -- brace yourself. How does 38 percent sound?

Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious rightThe (London) Guardian: America is becoming less Christian because young people are less religious. That's not blessed news for conservatives.

Of angels and attorneys: General Theological SeminaryPatheos: You can hear the apostle Paul whispering, "If you are entrusted with the judgment of the world and of angels and you are working with attorneys, then you've already lost."

What the left and right get wrong about Pope FrancisCrux: Pope Francis is setting his vision on a different horizon than those who are stuck fighting trench warfare over a narrow set of hot-button issues.

Have Jedi created a new 'religion'?BBC: What might have started as an intellectual exercise by fans adding to the movies and filling in the gaps, has become an attempt to build a coherent religious code.

The Spark

Majoring in fearUnlike a decade ago, college students no longer see ­themselves sailing through life, confident that they'll land the dream job, Mark Shiffman writes at First Things. Instead, they rack up accomplishments to keep them in the running for what they feel to be an ever more elusive success. They're driven by fear -- which is behind the decline in the humanities.

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