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First Links - 12.29.11

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Bishops Say Rules on Gay Parents Limit Freedom of Religion New York Times , Laurie Goodstein Top 10 Theology Stories of 2011 The Gospel Coalition , Collin Hansen Top 10 News Stories of 2011 Christianity Today Increasing diversity redefining America’s Jewry CNN , Stephanie Siek Why and How to . . . . Continue Reading »

Psychiatry’s Flawed Tool

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Someday our grandchildren’s grandchildren are going to sitting in college classroom learning about the early 21st century and wonder how a society so seemingly advanced could have such primitive ideas about mental health.They will no doubt be shocked and appalled that our major diagnostic tool . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.28.11

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Literacy Matters—In Church Comment , Deborah Van Duinen God, Government and Roger Williams’ Big Idea Smithsonian , John M. Barry Charismatic movement growing quickly worldwide CNN , Stacey Samuel African American children in Mennonite families bridge two worlds The Philadelphia Inquirer . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Christianity is Losing America

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Why is the sun setting on the West? Vishal Mangalwadi argues that is is due to one factor: the brand Christianity. In November 2011, I visited two classes at a Christian university in North America. I asked both: “How many of you would still believe Christianity if you found out tomorrow that . . . . Continue Reading »

The ‘So What?’ Set

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“The real dirty little secret of religiosity in America,” says Mark Silk, a professor of religion and public life, “is that there are so many people for whom spiritual interest, thinking about ultimate questions, is minimal.” As USA Today notes , research is beginning to . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.26.11

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Poll: Some worshipers took a holiday on Christmas Washington Post , Michelle Boorstein 2011: The year Mormonism went mainstream National Post , Charles Lewis Cheated Out of Christmas Middlebrow , John Mark Reynolds Exchanging the Natural for the Unnatural Challies.com , Tim Challies Christmas . . . . Continue Reading »

Capitalism Needs More Non-Profits

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Last month I stirred up a bit of ill will by poking fun at advocates of distributism (see: Who Gets To Be the Czar of Aesthetic Consumption? ). As I said at the time, I like and admire them but get annoyed by their habit of taking their philosophy very, very seriously. What I didn’t explain . . . . Continue Reading »