Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Latin America's Catholic decline
  • Bible edges out Darwin in UK
  • Healthy leader, healthy church
  • Muslim service @ National Cathedral
  • Tension on the Temple Mount
  • Mary & Martha -- and gratitude

Latin America is losing its Catholic identityThe New York Times: After a century in which nearly all Latin Americans identified as Catholic, the church's claim on the region is lessening.

Bible edges out Darwin as 'most valuable to humanity' in survey of influential booksThe (London) Guardian: The Bible garnered 37 percent of public vote, while On the Origin of Species received 35 percent, followed by works by Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and George Orwell.

Healthy leader, healthy churchChristianity Today: Five reflections on emotionally unhealthy spirituality.

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer serviceWashington Post: Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday.

Activists intent on building third Jewish temple spark tensions at holy siteReligion News Service: It's a site holy to both Jews and Muslims, but these days, the Temple Mount is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism.

The Spark

Mary and Martha -- and gratitudeWith the holidays approaching, the battle begins, a race against time to fulfill every to-do while trying to maintain borderline sanity, Kathleen Hirsch writes at Crux. Before we set off on the path towards Bethlehem, let us pause at the home of those two indomitable sisters, Mary and Martha.

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