New today from the Century:
- Carol Zaleski on Christmas and the relationship between poetry and dogma: "As we unpack the same ornaments, read the same stories and entertain the same deep thoughts our ancestors did, we have every reason to be gloriously unoriginal."
- David Heim on Mandela's morally complex life as a peacemaker
- Gail Irwin on multifaith buildings
- Daniel Harrell's lectionary column for Sunday, December 22 (subscription required)