Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Stained-glass ceiling cracks
  • Religion & college football
  • Soft spot for Augustine
  • Amish violence?
  • Humanists & humans
  • Chimps vs. humans

Cracks in the 'stained-glass ceiling': Women reach prominent pulpitsReligion News Service: Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities.

Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college footballWashington Post: In the South, college football fits somewhere between pastime and obsession, and like church, it is more than a weekend activity.

Soft spot for St. AugustineNational Catholic Reporter: Nicholas Collura has always had a soft spot in his heart for St. Augustine, ever since he was a rebellious kid in a Confirmation class he wanted no part of.

Violence among the AmishThe Atlantic: Court of Appeals ruling in Amish beard-cutting case has re-opened a question: How could this happen?

Nobody is better at being human, Professor Dawkins, least of all youThe (London) Guardian: The one thing one ought to expect from humanists is that they'd be good at protecting the human, Giles Fraser says.

The Spark

Chimps outplay humans in brain gamesWe humans assume we are the smartest of all creations. Yet, as Scientific American reports, scientists have shown repeatedly that many animals have an extraordinary intellect. In a recent study, chimps and humans played a strategy game -- and unexpectedly, the chimps outplayed the humans.

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