The Slingshot: Happy believers, library Bibles, sacred art



Need to know: 04/13/2016

Bible thumping

The Bible is among 10 ‘most challenged’ books of 2015

A growing number of complaints are lodged about books for their "religious viewpoints," according to the American Library Association. More from Religion News Service

Jesus smiles

Highly religious people say they’re happier

Three in 10 people claim they are pretty satisfied with life, happy, healthy and moral, too. And they're religious. More from Religion News Service

Religious objectors

Tennessee bill denying service based on counselor’s beliefs goes to governor

It is one of a raft of state measures that critics say discriminates against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. More from Religion News Service

Boko Haram

Hope and frustration mark anniversary of Chibok kidnappings

Some church leaders are concerned authorities have not done enough to rescue the girls, missing for two years. More from Religion News Service

Papal politico

Bernie’s allies sweat Vatican trip

Sanders' supporters wonder whether visiting the Holy See is the best use of the underdog’s time. More from POLITICO





Bonus tracks

All that glitters is gold

Led Zeppelin to face ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial

Singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must face a U.S. jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their 1971 classic. More from Reuters

Bible-based masterpiece?

‘Lost Caravaggio’ found in French attic causes rift in art world

"Judith Beheading Holofernes," valued at up to $135 million, is thought to have been painted in the early 17th century. More from the Guardian

From sanctuary to gallery

LA church makes art ‘everyday sacred’

"Anytime you are in the presence of something beautiful, you are in the presence of the creative God." More from Religion News Service

Longread of the week

Donald Trump, American Preacher

Trumpism: the prosperity gospel, the American religion of winning. More from

That's a lot of gelato

Skullcap worn by Pope Francis up for on-line auction

Expected to net around $35,000, the sale will benefit a charity helping children in developing countries with heart conditions. More from

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