Wednesday's News & Ideas - 2/24/2021

  • Researching the ‘nones’
  • Lent’s impact on mental health
  • Higher education pay gap
  • Orthodox Jewish voting
  • Evangelical leaders’ open letter
  • Can’t defeat grief

Most ‘nones’ still keep some of the faith
Christianity Today: When research looks beyond affiliation, the move away from religious institutions becomes more nuanced.

Lent amid the pandemic: Turning away from despair and toward God
Deseret News: Some religious leaders say that spiritual practices typical to Lent are also a boon to mental health.

Academe’s sticky pay-parity problem
Inside Higher Ed: Women make up just 24 percent of research universities’ top earners, according to a new report urging action on pay parity in academe. Women of color are just 2 percent.

In voting, Orthodox Jews are looking more like evangelicals
Religion News Service: American Jews are liberal and vote Democratic; but among them, Orthodox Jews are increasingly voting Republican and spouting familiar conspiracy theories.

Evangelical leaders condemn ‘radicalized Christian nationalism’
NPR: In an open letter, more than 100 pastors, ministry and seminary leaders, and other prominent evangelicals express concern about the growing “radicalization” they're seeing, particularly among white evangelicals.

The Spark

I can’t defeat my grief, but I’m learning to carry it
In video games, dead parent storylines give a character depth. Their grief becomes a plot point, something to overcome, Catapult says.

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