Stories I’ve Found, 7/26/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

Pope Francis visits a slum in Rio and denounces the “culture of selfishness and individualism” that perpetuate poverty.  John Allen goes deeper into this story and Pope Francis’ message.  Whispers in the Loggia has the entire text of this talk in a July 25 post.

Amanda Greene of Religion News Service interviews a businessman on what he learned from the Trappists about business.  It’s interesting, thought provoking, and the polar opposite of Ayn Rand’s approach.

Reflections on President Obama’s visit to Rabben Island and implications for Gitmo by Omid Safi.

Omar Sacirbey gives us Shariah 101, answering 5 key questions about it. I found this most helpful.

Thomas L. McDonald has the best advice I’ve heard in a long time: Please Ignore the Attention Whores. He mentions a lot of popular figures I ignore, and his observation about the Culture War being like World War 1 trench warfare is absolutely accurate. Is anyone really changing sides because of the Cultural War conflicts? If getting people to change sides is the object, perhaps trenches aren’t such a good idea.

The biggest Sin City in America? It’s not what you might think it is. I’m glad it’s on the other side of the state, at least.

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