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New today from the Century:

  • Philip Jenkins remembers communist Europe: "Once upon a time—and not long ago—there was another Europe. The religious story of communist Europe, in which Christians suffered horrific persecutions, is forgotten by most Americans today."

  • Laura Olson reviews Martha Nussbaum, whose "perspective cuts to the heart of our tendency to exclude others when they fail to live up to expectations about how 'good people' should be."

  • Dora Dueck recalls the "population pollution" talk of the 1970s: "Many of our friends stopped at two [kids]; some of us braved three. The few couples who had four or even more were considered very courageous indeed — or foolish."

  • John Petrakis reviews the film Take Shelter, which "deals with the end of the world in a creepier and even more meta­phoric manner than von Trier's Melan­cholia."


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