Monday's News & Ideas

  • Internet & religious decline
  • U.S. not so religiously diverse
  • Downloading salvation
  • Compline a hit in Seattle
  • OT God vs. NT God
  • Hubble Madness

How the Internet is taking away America's religionMIT Technology Review: A study shows that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

U.S. doesn't rank high in religious diversityPew Research Center: From a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

From sexting to sacraments: How mobile apps are taking on religionGizmodo: Even religion is no more than a Google Play or App Store click away. The salvation of your eternal soul is now downloading.

Old time, new ageThe Economist: In Seattle, one of America's least "churched" cities, compline services attract an enormous crowd, appealing to both extremes at once.

When God plays the villainCNN Belief blog: Most modern people tend to distinguish between the wrathful God of the Old Testament and the merciful God of the New Testament. In our age, the merciful God reigns -- or so we like to think.

The Spark

Hubble Madness puts images taken by Hubble Space Telescope in competitionErnie Ostuno had two big hopes recently: victory for his Michigan teams in the March Madness basketball competition and the conquest of the universe, the Wall Street Journal reports. The latter has proved to be a much better bet.

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