The Slingshot: Video games for Christians and Buddhists

A Thai temple complex created in Minecraft. Screenshot from YouTube

Need to know: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Christian gaming

If you build it, will they pray? Constructing religious worlds with Minecraft

The chunky video game popular with kids is becoming a tool for exploring and advancing religion among some gamers, especially Christians. More from Religion News Service

Buddhist gaming

In Thailand, Buddhist monks grapple with the meaning of video games

At a 14th century temple, writer Robert Rath found monks with deep, considered opinions on what place Buddha’s teachings have in a technological world. More from

Grüß Gott

Benedict XVI says he is on a pilgrimage home

The 90-year-old retired pope, in a letter to readers of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, says he is in the final stages of his life. (Subscription may be required) More from

History revised

Poland ‘death camp’ law tears at shared bonds of suffering with Jews

Shared pain with Jews has given way to anger after Poland’s president signed legislation making it a crime to accuse the country of complicity in Nazi atrocities. (Subscription may be required) More from


Syria Christians hold first prayer in years in ravaged Deir Ezzor church

After Syrian troops recaptured the city in November, residents have been trickling back and last weekend they held their first prayer service, attended by Muslim clerics. More from