May 13, 2010

A Woman’s Touch Makes Men More Likely to Gamble
The caress of a woman makes them feel more secure, and correspondingly more willing to take risks, the study found. Experts say the effect stems from the feelings created from being held as babies. (Kate Devlin, Telegraph)

Texas Faith Leaders Want Students to Learn the Importance of Church-State Separation
A group of religious leaders urged the State Board of Education to reverse an earlier decision and require high school students to study the constitutional protections for religious freedom in the United States. (Terrence Stutz, The Dallas Morning News)

Forgiving Mark Sanford
Jenny Sanford: If today’s headlines are to be believed, we are a people in pretty sorry shape. But I choose to eschew the cynical idea that all people in the public realm will stumble and fall. Most, in fact, will keep their focus where it belongs—on their values and on the larger issues of the day. (On Faith, Newsweek/The Washington Post)

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Will Get the Hollywood Treatment
Oprah Winfrey is joining with Alan Ball, creator and executive producer of HBO’s drama series True Blood, to produce an HBO film based on the nonfiction best-seller. (Associated Press)

Q&A
Hunter Baker

A couple of months ago, I received a request from Sarah Harland-Logan at Harvard Political Review for an interview about my book The End of Secularism. I agreed. Harland-Logan sent me a sizable set of questions which I answered in full. (First Thoughts, First Things)

BOOKS
Common Ground Between Islam & Buddhism

Essays in the book candidly acknowledge “unbridgeable” gaps in the two religions’ doctrines and views of the world and the afterlife. But they also cite deep theological, social, historical, and ethical ties. (Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal)

THEATER
Passion Play

Sarah Ruhl’s expansive play follows three sets of amateur performers in three different eras as they grapple with the unsettling ways in which the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection becomes a living presence in their own lives. (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times)

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