New today from the Century:
Thomas Berg on religious freedom: "When conflicts come up between religious beliefs and the law, religious progressives should support certain religious exemptions--even if they disagree with the beliefs in question."
- Stanley Hauerwas reviews Karl Marlantes: "Karl Marlantes's new book is not fiction, but it develops the idea of his novel Matterhorn: that war provides a sense of transcendence that can be found nowhere else." (subscription required)
- John Buchanan on environmental activism: "How is it possible to read the first chapter of the Bible and not be an environmentalist?" (subscription required)
- Max Stackhouse's seven-word gospel: "God enters history; renewed covenants promise salvation."
- David Lewicki on pastoring during the holidays: "Sometimes cliches can make the reality rather than represent it, but I do think the holidays are particularly challenging for most pastors. Here's a list of five things that have been vexing for me this Christmas season."
- Henry Langknecht blogs the nativity lectionary: "Several years ago I received from a parishioner a "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season" cookie tin. Every time I reached for a piece of Doris's divinity, I had to read that cheery-angry motto of Christian moralism."
- P. C. Enniss's lectionary column from the magazine for the following Sunday, January 1: "Imagine the leader of a major Christian institution declaring on CNN that from now on, before one can become a Christian, one must first become a Jew, submit to the ritual of circumcision and vow to abide by the disciplines of the Mosaic law." (subscription required)
- Pope certifies miracles for two U.S. saints
- Ten Commandments scroll goes on display in New York
- Episcopal clergy arrested at Occupy Wall Street protest
- Muslims push Lowe's boycott over reality series
- Anglican church's Christmas billboard vandalized in New Zealand
- U.S. jumps to top of charity index
- Lawmaker pulls bid to give rabbis control of Israeli electricity
- South Korean church leaders hope for peace following Kim's death
- Report shows Christianity shifting to Africa
- Baptists, Pentecostals seek common ground