Tuesday's News & Ideas - 2/5/2019

  • Less God, less giving?
  • Belief in Hell
  • Resettlement groups struggle
  • Bible reading in public schools
  • Pope in Abu Dhabi
  • Youth, anxiety & social media

Less God, less giving?
Philanthropy: Religion and generosity feed each other in fascinating ways.

What, me worry? Surprising findings about belief in Hell
ARDA: If Hell no longer hath the same nightmarish fury conjured up in many depictions in medieval art, it still has a great deal of relevance in the modern age.

Two years after Trump's travel ban, faith-based refugee groups struggle
Religion News Service: Since the start of fiscal year 2017, the country has lost one-third of its capacity to welcome and resettle refugees in local communities.

Bible reading in public schools has been a divisive issue -- and this old culture war is starting again
The Conversation: Many states are planning to introduce Bible literacy classes in schools. These classes have a long and acrimonious history.

Pope Francis, amid Abu Dhabi's opulence, delivers Mass to its migrants
The New York Times: Serving the wealthy of Abu Dhabi are millions of migrants, many of whom are Catholics from India, the Philippines and South America. Today, Pope Francis came to speak to them directly.
The (London) Guardian: The pope makes first ever visit to an Arab state -- in pictures

The Spark

Anxiety on rise among the young in social media age
The number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade, The (London) Guardian reports. Research suggests that a sense of overwhelming pressure from social media is driving feelings of inadequacy.

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