The "intellectual" magazine Prospect has put forward its list of the world's most important thinkers.
Comedian Russell Brand was voted fourth.
No, that was not a misprint.
Fourth most important thinker in.the.world.
Above Indian writer Arundhati Roy, German philosopher Jurgen Habermas and U.S. economist Paul Krugman.
The magazine described Brand as "the spiritual leader of Britain's disaffected anti-capitalist youth," adding, "Dismissed by his opponents as a clownish opportunist, he is nevertheless the most charismatic figure on Britain's populist left."Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, unsettling many American Jews who had thought that hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline, at least here at home. (Markoe, Religion News Service)
Young teenagers ages 12 to 14 are more influenced by their peers' opinions than they are by adults', a study finds. That's true only for that age group, not for older teens, children or adults. (Shute, NPR)
The state's Republican-led House gave final approval to the bill, which prohibits the state and local governments from infringing on a person's religious beliefs without a "compelling" interest. (Fox News)
Nearly one in 10 (9%) of children in the age group are worried that they are addicted to porn, a survey of nearly 700 children for the NSPCC's ChildLine service found. (The Telegraph)
It is the one idea among the Christian faith that is most unique among all religions. It's also the most scandalous. It is what attracts people the most, and is often the stumbling block over which they fall. It drew thousands to Jesus, and also nailed him to the cross.
Without a doubt, it is the most significant dynamic, power and gift of the Christian faith. So if there is one thing that we need to "get right," it's this.
And many don't get it right.
Some reject it; some cheapen it; some make it a commodity to be earned; some say it only flows to a few; some refuse it to others; some apply it where it doesn't belong; some...
Well, you get the point.
Welcome to Meck's March series, "Getting Grace Right."
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