Friday digest

September 2, 2011

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New today from the Century:

  • John Suk: "On a journey through North America, my wife and I
    attended many churches. At one the pastor insisted repeatedly that 'the meaning and purpose of life is to have a
    personal relationship with Jesus.' The claim irked me." (subscription required)
  • Amy Frykholm on sex trafficking and changing laws: "The first photo in the series was
    invariably of a young girl, maybe with a mischievous smile or a rebellious
    glare, but with a decided look of innocence. By the end of the series, that
    same face was battered, bloated and bruised."
  • I consider the Wal-Marting of Wal-Mart: "With consumers focused on
    thrift, the Dollar Palace is to Wal-Mart what Wal-Mart once was to Sears: the
    bargain alternative for folks with less to spend."
  • Victor Anderson reviews Willie James Jennings: "In modern imperialism, race, colonization and Christianity have been so embedded with one another that their connections have seemed natural, and Chris­tian theologians
    have participated in the construction of
    this imperialism. Willie James Jennings's book is a genealogy of their