New today from the Century:
- Benjamin J. Dueholm on post-Wobegon politics: "Michele Bachmann's frontrunner moment may be past. But she has shown how the Republicans can win in the restless small towns of the swing-state Midwest."
- James F. McGrath on Jefferson and the difference between atheism and skepticism: "Whether you are religious or atheist, Deist, Unitarian, or traditional theist, it is a mistake to assume that you are above the need for caution, skepticism and critical thinking."
- Mark Labberton blogs the lectionary: "Every pastor needs to address the issue of freedom and accountability. It's part of the pastor's role in nurturing a church community: neither a laissez-faire atmosphere nor a judicial one helps people grow as disciples."
- Steve Vineberg reviews Moneyball. It "has a slick, entertaining script by two pros, Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, and it's briskly directed by Bennett Miller." (subscription required)
In the news:
- St. Paul's dean resigns, cites protest controversy
- Supreme Court won't wade into roadside crosses fight
- D.C. cardinal, nun mired in rare public dispute
- Baptist school expels transgender student
- UK churches seek action on tax avoidance
- Girl's death prompts moral soul-searching in China
- U.S. seminaries consider radical changes