The Intersect: Led Zeppelin, Barbara Bush, Waffle House hero

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DEEP IMPACT

100 years ago, C.S. Lewis was an atheist in a foxhole. Second Lieutenant Clive Staples Lewis survived WWI and its horrors, and the experience launched him on a spiritual journey to Christianity.

“I have no fear of death.” Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died last week at 92, on faith and finality.

10 bands inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: How Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush and more were deeply influenced by the resonant themes of Middle-Earth.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

The Waffle House shooting hero went from the hospital to church. “I know that in a tenth of a second, something was with me to run through that door and get the gun from him,” said James Shaw. Here’s the story.

Why Jake Locker, a first round NFL draft pick in 2011, walked away from football – and why he doesn’t miss it. From Sports Illustrated: “If he’s to participate in any story, he says, he wants Jesus to be the main character.”

Alfie Evans and our moral crossroads: Do we have the moral will to resist the horrific utilitarianism of our medical and legal institutions? Now is a time for choosing.

CURRENT CLIMATE

GQ put the Bible in their list of “The 21 Most Overrated Books Ever” – calling it “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” Here’s what C.S. Lewis would say to that.

When Americans say they believe in God, what do they really mean? And for those who don’t, what are they rejecting? Pew Research breaks down some fascinating findings. (Here’s one: 20% of “Christians” don’t believe in the God of the Bible, but 17% of religious “nones” do.)

Silicon Valley startups want to cash in on fasting. The health tech world’s latest miraculous idea is in fact a very old one.

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