The New York Times: To Bach and most of his contemporaries, secular and liturgical works were both religious: A central purpose of all serious-minded music, wherever performed, was to honor God
Religion News Service: More people leave the church because of bad priests than because of disagreements over dogma, says Fr. Thomas Reese.
The New York Times: The pre-eminent scholar Robert Alter has finally finished his own translation.
Atlas Obscura: Welcome to heaven on earth for skaters.
Big Think: Cutting edge social innovators should consider hybrid models.
Religion News Service: The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities want protections for sexual orientation and gender identity as well as strong religious exemptions. But will evangelicals embrace such a compromise?
The Birmingham (Alabama) News: Gallup has measured America's view of clergy honesty and ethics 34 times beginning in 1977, and this year's 37 percent very high or high rating is the lowest ever measured.
Gallup: Nurses again outpace other professions for honesty, ethics
CNN: Pope Francis has told those who abuse minors to hand themselves in to civil justice authorities and "prepare for divine justice," in his strongest words to date on the sex abuse crisis roiling the Roman Catholic Church.
Sightings: In addition to scientific objections, should there also be theological outrage with gene-editing experiments?
Baptist News Global: Susan Shaw wonders, does the seminary's leadership really not hear the parallels? Do they really not see the irony?