Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Religions we like
  • Want to love your job?
  • Top of the spire
  • No-devil Christening
  • Catholic consolidation in Manhattan
  • Kinder surgeons?

Americans view Jews, Christians warmly; atheists, Muslims get cold shoulderReligion News Service: A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers.Pew Forum: How Americans feel about religious groups

Want to love your job? Church can help, study saysChristianity Today: The catch: The church you attend has to emphasize faith-work integration --and you have to show up.

A religious experience: climbing the spire of the Church of the IncarnationWall Street Journal: Columnist gets first-hand look at restoration work on historic building's steeple.

Devil vows taken out of Christening services as Church of England aims to widen appealThe Independent: All mention of the devil has been taken out of Christening services by the Church of England in a bid to appeal to more people.

Manhattan's Catholic churches face consolidation, possible closuresVoice of America: Some Catholic churches in Manhattan could be closed as the Archdiocese of New York implements a strategic plan to consolidate the churches.

The Spark

Is the quest to build a kinder, gentler surgeon misguided?In the past two decades, the surgical profession has attempted a revamping of its image and ideals, with a new emphasis on compassion, communication, and collaboration. As surgeon Wen Shen writes at Pacific Standard, we want to believe we're better off with nicer surgeons. But what do we lose?

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