The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 1.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Utah’s Salvation Army Marches to the Beat of Service
The big red kettles and bell ringers are gone until next Christmastime, but the Salvation Army’s congregations worship all year long.

2. Are You a 'Duck Dynasty' American or a 'Downton Abbey' American?
Fans of these two TV family sagas live in parallel worlds. Which show best reflects your faith and values?

3. Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame
More than 700 people participated in an experiment aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Turns out we feel different emotions in different parts of the body.

4. And Now There's Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils
Shakespeare said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also a mirror for what we see.

5. Pastor Andy Stanley Tells Christians ‘How to Be Rich’
In his new book, How to Be Rich, Pastor Andy Stanley has a message for American Christians: “You’re wealthy. Now starting acting like it.”

6. One in Four Alums Leading Interfaith Group Is Nonreligious
A survey of young people involved in Interfaith Youth Core — a leading interfaith organization in the United States that works with college and university campuses to equip young people for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values — found that nearly 1 in 4 IFYC alums identify as atheist (4.7 percent), agnostic (7.1 percent), secular humanist (5.3 percent), or spiritual but not religious (6.5 percent). 

7. Faith and the Obama White House
Slide show of President Barack Obama’s moments of faith in 2013.

8. Esquire’s Best-Dressed Man of 2013 Is Pope Francis 
The magazine calls the pope’s attire an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy.

9. Three Things Big Data Tell Us About How People Use the Bible
YouVersion, a popular Bible app, released its summary of its Bible usage data from 2013, showing how people use their apps to read and share the Bible.

10. Evolutionary Beliefs
Six in 10 Americans believe in evolution, while a third reject the notion, according to a Pew Research Center study. Sixty-four percent of white evangelical Protestants, meanwhile, believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, while only 15 percent of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.

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