Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture
1. "Cool at 13, Adrift at 23" (The New York Times)
Psychologists are trying to explain why the cool kids in high school don't turn out okay later in life.
2. "The Dangerous Weight of Expectations" (Pacific Standard)
Why is the suicide rate so high for Asian-American students?
3. "The Secret Conservative Inside Liberals" (The American Conservative)
Is it so true that liberals are anti-authority, suspicious of loyalty and indifferent to sanctity?
4. "A year after Ferguson, have white Christians learned anything?" (Washington Post)
Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writes to evangelicals and explains how the deep, structural problem of racism extends beyond "personal racism" and saying racist things."
5. "An Open Letter: Justice is Not Blind" (Reformed African-American Network)
Mike Higgins, an African-American Reform pastor, writes a pleading letter to the church. Raised in St. Louis, he write about how white evangelical churches who fled from St. Louis to the suburbs are complicit in the city's current segregated state. Pair this article with "My Trip to Ferguson," a blogpost written by Sean Watkins, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff member and Fuller Theological Seminary student. He reflects on his trip: "These people are a church, and they are acting more like a church than I have seen in some time."
Bonus from the UK: "Even if you hate me, please don't take the Labour over the cliff edge" (The Guardian)
Tony Blair writes an earnest letter to longstanding members of the Labour party in the UK: "It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the left, right or centre of the party, whether you used to support me or hate me. But please understand the danger we are in."
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