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New today from the Century:

  • Tom Long on male church attendance: "Men and the church are often at odds. Sadly, many of the reasons researchers give for this are as insulting as they are misguided."

  • Deb Bendis talks to Shane Claiborne about Occupy Wall Street: "Occupy Wall Street may not come up with solutions, but at least it is asking the right questions in a nonviolent setting. I don't believe that love can be forced, but I believe it can be provoked."

  • David Heim considers mainline demographics: "Data about aging mainliners concentrate the mind. And foster desperate searches for the elusive magical formula that will reach young adults."

  • Lil Copan on artwork by Claire Rosean, which "packs a psychological wallop that leaves viewers confused and uneasy." (subscription required)

 

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Links from elsewhere:

  • The head of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy is opposed to the U.S. Commission on Int'l Religious Freedom.
  • Cathleen Kaveny breaks the news to her niece about the men-only Catholic priesthood.
  • Ezra Klein defends swearing in print.

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