Faith - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Faith/ Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Suicide rates higher among baby boomer men, study finds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58317224-80/suicide-age-boomer-rates.html.csp Robin Williams’ suicide may not have been that surprising: Baby boomer men are 60 percent more likely to take their own life than their fathers’ generation, according to a Rutgers University sociologist. The trend is particularly alarming because middle age is typically a time when suicide rates decline before rising again in old age. Suicide usually rises drastically during adolescence and young adulthood, then typically levels off in middle age, according to Julie Phillips, a Rutgers sociology... Robin Williams’ suicide may not have been that surprising: Baby boomer men are 60 percent more likely to take their own life than their fathers’ generation, according to a Rutgers University sociologist. The trend is particularly alarming because middle age is typically a time when suicide rates decline before rising again in old age. Suicide usually rises drastically during adolescence and young adulthood, then typically levels off in middle age, according to Julie Phillips, a Rutgers sociology... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58317224@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:21:43 MDT Hooking up to getting hitched: Yes, it can happen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58313189-80/marital-quality-hookup-wedding.html.csp Purposely ambiguous and definitely provocative, the term “hookup” has gotten plenty of attention from researchers analyzing this sexual behavior that can range from kissing to sexual intercourse. A study out Tuesday answers one of those lingering questions: Can a hookup lead to the altar? For almost a third (32 percent) of those in a nationally representative sample, their relationship with their eventual spouse began as a hookup — however the respondents defined it for themselves. “We found tha... Purposely ambiguous and definitely provocative, the term “hookup” has gotten plenty of attention from researchers analyzing this sexual behavior that can range from kissing to sexual intercourse. A study out Tuesday answers one of those lingering questions: Can a hookup lead to the altar? For almost a third (32 percent) of those in a nationally representative sample, their relationship with their eventual spouse began as a hookup — however the respondents defined it for themselves. “We found tha... 58313189@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:51:06 MDT Pope Francis hints he might one day retire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58313563-80/pope-francis-vatican-retire.html.csp Vatican City • Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday, Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may have only “two or three” years left to live. The 77-year-old pontiff covered a range of topics on the flight back to the Vatican — from war-torn Iraq and his desire to visit the U.S. next year to his personal health, hinting he may retire early. He was asked how he lived with the immense popularity he has generated aro... Vatican City • Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday, Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may have only “two or three” years left to live. The 77-year-old pontiff covered a range of topics on the flight back to the Vatican — from war-torn Iraq and his desire to visit the U.S. next year to his personal health, hinting he may retire early. He was asked how he lived with the immense popularity he has generated aro... 58313563@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:57:47 MDT Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants U.N. OK http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58310481-80/francis-iraq-stop-war.html.csp Aboard the papal plane • Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but added the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State group, who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Is... Aboard the papal plane • Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but added the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State group, who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Is... 58310481@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:57:35 MDT Suicide a risk even for beloved characters like Robin Williams http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58288634-80/williams-suicide-depression-illness.html.csp That a “universally beloved” entertainer such as Robin Williams could commit suicide “speaks to the power of psychiatric illness,” mental health experts say. Williams, who died Monday at age 63, had some of the risk factors for suicide: He was known to have bipolar disorder, depression and drug abuse problems, said Julie Cerel, a psychologist and board chairwoman of the American Association of Suicidology. People who are severely depressed can’t see past their failures, even if they’ve been as ... That a “universally beloved” entertainer such as Robin Williams could commit suicide “speaks to the power of psychiatric illness,” mental health experts say. Williams, who died Monday at age 63, had some of the risk factors for suicide: He was known to have bipolar disorder, depression and drug abuse problems, said Julie Cerel, a psychologist and board chairwoman of the American Association of Suicidology. People who are severely depressed can’t see past their failures, even if they’ve been as ... 58288634@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:53:58 MDT Pope Francis heads East, pointing to a new future for his Western church http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58276013-80/asian-church-francis-asia.html.csp Pope Francis departs next week on a five-day trip to South Korea, his first to Asia and the start of an important new papal focus on the region: In January, Francis will return to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and a trip to Japan — where the pope wanted to go as a young priest — is reportedly under consideration. “I must go to Asia,” the pope said a year ago as he returned from a visit to Brazil, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, never traveled there during his eight-year pontifi... Pope Francis departs next week on a five-day trip to South Korea, his first to Asia and the start of an important new papal focus on the region: In January, Francis will return to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and a trip to Japan — where the pope wanted to go as a young priest — is reportedly under consideration. “I must go to Asia,” the pope said a year ago as he returned from a visit to Brazil, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, never traveled there during his eight-year pontifi... 58276013@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:45:15 MDT Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp You don’t need a doctorate to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Millennials — Americans roughly between ages 18 and 30 — wer... You don’t need a doctorate to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Millennials — Americans roughly between ages 18 and 30 — wer... 58273262@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:54:10 MDT Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s asset or liability? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58271839-80/dawkins-atheism-atheist-rape.html.csp It may go down as one of the shortest-lived peace accords on record. Late last month, two heavy hitters within organized atheism, activist Ophelia Benson and scientist Richard Dawkins, reached a détente of sorts about online debate and posted it on their separate websites. “Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not,” the statement reads. “ If we want secularism and atheism to gain respect, we have to be able to disagree with each other without trying to destroy each other.”... It may go down as one of the shortest-lived peace accords on record. Late last month, two heavy hitters within organized atheism, activist Ophelia Benson and scientist Richard Dawkins, reached a détente of sorts about online debate and posted it on their separate websites. “Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not,” the statement reads. “ If we want secularism and atheism to gain respect, we have to be able to disagree with each other without trying to destroy each other.”... 58271839@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:24:35 MDT Islamic extremists impose reign of terror on Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58259682-80/islamic-mosul-state-iraq.html.csp Baghdad • Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror. That’s what life is like in Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in northern and western Iraq under the control of Islamic extremists after their lightning-fast military campaign that overwhelmed the Iraqi army in June. The new normal... Baghdad • Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror. That’s what life is like in Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in northern and western Iraq under the control of Islamic extremists after their lightning-fast military campaign that overwhelmed the Iraqi army in June. The new normal... 58259682@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:29:23 MDT Russell Moore answers all you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58250500-80/moore-issues-sex-pastor.html.csp The issues sound like they belong on the therapist’s couch: The couple who haven’t had sex eight months into their marriage. The parents who can’t deal with their son’s homosexuality. The male teen who wants to be called by a girl’s name. But they’re also the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy expert. Though he often grapples with contentious political issues — the Hobb... The issues sound like they belong on the therapist’s couch: The couple who haven’t had sex eight months into their marriage. The parents who can’t deal with their son’s homosexuality. The male teen who wants to be called by a girl’s name. But they’re also the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy expert. Though he often grapples with contentious political issues — the Hobb... 58250500@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:16:56 MDT Religious persecution makes migrants out of millions, says U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236835-80/religious-report-freedom-kerry.html.csp And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list of worst religious-freedom offenders. The State Department’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list had remained static since 2006, when eight countries — Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan — were designated as CPCs. Justifying the addition of Turkmenistan, Kerry cited reports of people detained, beaten and tortured for their... And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list of worst religious-freedom offenders. The State Department’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list had remained static since 2006, when eight countries — Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan — were designated as CPCs. Justifying the addition of Turkmenistan, Kerry cited reports of people detained, beaten and tortured for their... 58236835@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:19:22 MDT Rabbi Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. religious-freedom envoy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236853-80/religious-saperstein-freedom-rabbi.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama has tapped Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009, will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and will be tasked with monitoring religious-freedom abuses around the world. “When it comes to the work of protecting... Washington • President Barack Obama has tapped Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009, will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and will be tasked with monitoring religious-freedom abuses around the world. “When it comes to the work of protecting... 58236853@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:48:38 MDT