New today from the Century:
Carol Zaleski on Tintin: "One has only to look at Tintin, his round face animated by the simplest imaginable features, to know that he is the ultimate Boy Scout."
- Carol Howard Merritt on turning 40: "As we’re all in the midst of Advent longing, I realize that I’m turning 40 in a couple of days. Which puts me in an odd position, since I write and speak about ministering with people in their 20s and 30s."
- Ryan Dueck on God and goodness: "'They must not believe in God.' These words from my daughter came after a conversation we had been having at bedtime about someone who she had heard yelling at their baby. For her, it was clear: someone who believed in God simply would not do something as monstrous as scream 'shut up!' at an infant."
- Lil Copan on artwork by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, whose "mixture of stills of familiar paintings of the annunciation and acted scenes--with angels, a patron, donkeys, Mary, cultural Christmas snapshots and layers of angel wings--creates a layered narrative." (subscription required)