Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Pope's tweet on inequality
  • Futile fight on global poverty?
  • God's wrecking ball
  • New doubts on Gospel of Jesus' Wife
  • Everyone sing!
  • Teaching Plato to plumbers

Conservatives squawk over pope's tweet on inequalityReligion News Service: A three-word tweet from Pope Francis -- in Latin -- about inequality left some conservatives dazed and confused over Catholic teachings on economics.Commonweal: U.S. conservatives frightened & confused by pope's moral world

Survey: Most Americans say fighting global poverty is futileReligion News Service: Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International.

Dismantle the church?Mennonite World Review: Let God's wrecking ball, not ours, strike first.

New clues cast doubt on 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife'CNN Belief blog: It seemed real; it seemed fake; it seemed real again; now we're back to fake.

Let everyone sing!Christianity Today: A primer on the best way to use music in church.

The Spark

Why I teach Plato to plumbersOnce, when Scott Samuelson told a guy on a plane that he taught philosophy at a community college, the man responded, "So you teach Plato to plumbers?" Yes, indeed, Samuelson writes at the Atlantic. Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite.

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