Time magazine has named “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America,” leaving out JerryFalwell and PatRobertson but naming author TimLaHaye of the Left Behind series, GOP Senator RickSantorum of Pennsylvania and MichaelGerson, a White House speech writer. Catholic priest RichardNeuhaus, a convert from Lutheranism and founder of the New York–based religious journal First Things, was included. A less familiar name is DouglasCoe, 76, head of the Washington-based Fellowship Foundation, which convenes the National Prayer Breakfast following the State of the Union address. The Grahams, Billy and Franklin, were there as well as historian MarkNoll of Wheaton College and Purpose-Driven Life author RickWarren.
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).