Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Atheist president?
  • Christians leaving Holy Land
  • Darwin vs. Eden
  • Archdiocese launches drone
  • A reason men don't support women
  • Beyond 'Do what you love'

More Americans willing to vote for an atheist president Religion News Service: Fifty-three percent of Americans said they are least likely to choose a candidate who doesn’t believe in God. But in 2007, that number was 63 percent.

Pope's visit to Holy Land comes as Christians disappear from cradle of faith Fox News: This ancient community has dwindled to around 2 percent of the region's population as economic hardship, violence and the bitter realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have sent Christians searching for better opportunities overseas.

Bryan College is torn: Can Darwin and Eden coexist? New York Times: The debate over an addition to the college’s statement of belief, which says that Adam and Eve were “not from previously existing life-forms,” reflects the problems many Christian colleges face as they try to balance religious beliefs with secular education.

Washington Archdiocese takes to the heavens, with a drone Washington Post: The Archdiocese of Washington debuted its new, hubcap-sized flying device, using it to videotape crowds participating in a procession marking the canonizations of popes John Paul II and John the 23rd.

Why so many men don't stand up for their female colleagues The Atlantic: The traditional explanation is sexism, but a more subtle cause has been overlooked, writes Adam Grant. Some men want to voice their support, but fear that no one will take them seriously because they lack a vested interest in the cause.

The Spark

A life beyond ‘Do what you love’ The faith that my likes and dislikes or our sense of meaning alone should decide what I do is part and parcel with the gospel of self-fulfillment, writes Gordon Marino, a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College.

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