Stream Splashes: December 2-8 in Review

By The Stream Published on December 9, 2018

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


Depression is from the devil, the enemy of our souls. Hopelessness, torment, endless worry — these things are not from God. And yet we face them.

Last year suicide in the U.S. reached a fifty-year peak. The enemy of our souls is attacking and, it seems, prevailing. What do we do? What is the answer to this darkness?

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As a Christian, author J.R.R. Tolkien took evil, sin, and fallen human nature seriously. And so while there are high points in his long history of Middle Earth — the beauty and goodness of Gondolin, the rustic charm of the Shire, the humility and magnanimity of Aragon the King — the law of entropy not only applies to the physical universe; it applies to the moral universe as well.

His history of Middle Earth simply mirrors the history of the real world.

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A Christian convert from Islam who escaped Iran now awaits trial in the U.S. for sharing his testimony at the Mall of America.

If the courts convict Parsa, that means it’s effectively illegal to talk about Jesus Christ in private conversations with Muslims in Minnesota.

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Republicans are more likely to be stably and happily married than Democrats or Independents, a new study says.

In part, the American Family Survey found that there is a partisan divide in both marriage and family life.

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