Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Public sees religion's influence wane
  • Tim Keller to open NYC seminary
  • Clergy on patrol
  • No civil talk on Israel
  • Kill your to-do list
  • See the Northern Lights

Public sees religion’s influence waning Pewforum.org: Nearly three-quarters of the public now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade. And most people who say religion's influence is waning see this as a bad thing.

Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campusReligion News Service: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015.

Clergy on patrolWROCTV: Rochester police and clergy members are getting to know their neighbors one door at a time. They were shaking hands with home and business owners in hopes of improving relations at a time when tensions are high.

Talk in synagogue of Israel and Gaza goes from debate to wrath to rageNew York Times: Forty-seven years after Israel’s victory in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel’s occupation of Arab lands and its standoff with the Palestinians have become so divisive that many rabbis say it is impossible to have a civil conversation in their synagogues. Rabbis are anguishing over what to say in their sermons during the High Holy Days, which begin Wednesday.

How to be the most productive person in your office -- and still get home by 5:30 p.m.The Week: Rule No. 1: To-do lists are evil. Schedule everything. And do less shallow work -- focus on the deep stuff.

The Spark

Watch this amazing time-lapse of the Northern LightsTen thousand photo frames across 33 photo landscapes are compressed into this impressive time-lapse video of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights on the Big Think website.

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