Day: December 7, 2008

ONE Sabbath

While the vast majority of clergy — 90 percent — said political leaders should talk about how the country can address international poverty and health matters, the typical Christian leader may only preach about poverty issues once a year.

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Culture wars and healthcare workers

What does it tell us about the state of the abortion wars today that battles once waged over the dignity and autonomy of pregnant women have morphed into disputes over the dignity and autonomy of their health care providers instead? Two of the most pitched battles over reproductive rights in America right now turn on whether health workers can be forced to provide medical services or information to which they ethically or professionally object. But as we learn from these fights, our solicitude for the beliefs of medical workers is selective: Abortion opponents will soon enjoy broader legal protections than ever.

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The changing nature of ritual

In the 18th and 19th centuries, celebrations often consisted primarily of shooting off guns and athletic competitions. I don’t know about your family, but our Thanksgiving tradition does not involve firearms.

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God Bless Newsweek

Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition

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Lights in a dark world

O God our Father, we thank you for your servant John,

who like a burning lamp and faithful to his calling,

announced the advent of our Lord

and people rejoiced for a while in his light,

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