Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Rise of women in religion
  • Sunday with Jimmy Carter
  • Atheist who believes in God
  • SBC prays for Hobby Lobby
  • Disturbing arts
  • Polarized America

Rise of women in religion something to encourageNational Catholic Reporter: Human beings sometimes confuse custom and culture with divine mandate, Bill Tammeus says.

A Sunday spent with Jimmy CarterReligion & Politics: An excerpt from "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter" by Randall Balmer.

Meet the atheist ... who believes in GodCNN Belief blog: Maybe we need a new category other than theism, atheism or agnosticism that takes paradox and unknowing into account, says writer Frank Schaeffer.

Southern Baptists pray for 'favorable' Hobby Lobby rulingReligion News Service: Southern Baptists prayed Wednesday that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain that challenged the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Disturbing arts: a conversation with Dana GioiaLoyola Marymount University Magazine: The former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts talks about art, literature and faith.

The Spark

Pew poll: In polarized America, we live as we voteIt sounds like a cliche but it's true. Conservatives and liberals don't just differ in their political views, the Washington Post reports. They like to live in different places, associate with like-minded people and have opposing views on the value of ethnic and religious diversity in their neighborhoods, according to a major new study by the Pew Research Center.

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