Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Priest slain in Syria
  • UMC conservative conversation
  • Francis Spufford Q&A
  • Christian Man in Black
  • Confession in a new light
  • Developing digital brains

Long a survivor in Syria, a Dutch priest is slainThe New York Times: The Rev. Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch Jesuit priest who became a symbol of suffering and compassion in the war-ravaged Old City district of Homs, Syria, was shot to death Monday morning by a lone gunman.Aljazeera: Ravaged by war, Syrians mourn the slain father of Homs

Conservative church leaders consult on divisions in the UMCUnited Methodist Reporter: A group of some 60 conservative UMC pastors and theologians have begun conversation about how the respond to what they see as deepening divisions in the church.

Faith for the post-Christian heart: a conversation with Francis SpuffordChristianity Today: For the UK writer, Christianity must first make sense in the realm of lived experience.

The Christian Man in BlackThe American Conservative: Johnny Cash's life is a Christian story of redemption.

Catholic Church and faithful see confession in a new lightThe (Bergen County, N.J.) Record: One of loneliest places in church these days is the confession line, but that is changing as clergy highlight the healing, uplifting aspects of the sacrament.

The Spark

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers sayCognitive neuroscientists warn that humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online, the Washington Post reports. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.

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