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From Christ and Pop Culture

"Silence undermines Christians’ deepest hopes. It is a commonplace, for example, that Christianity spread through the Roman Empire so effectively because, rather than in spite of, the persecution of the early Christians. But the Japanese Christians suffer even more intense persecution, and the religion is nearly stamped out in the country. (We know this even if Rodrigues does not.) James famously tells us to 'consider it nothing but joy' when we 'face trials of any kind,' since 'the testing of your faith produces endurance' (NRSV, 1:2-3). But what if it doesn’t produce endurance? What if our faith does not pass the test?"

Read more: Michial Farmer, Christ and Pop Culture
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From Reason

"Somehow it seems nicely appropriate to apply Darwinian insights to the study of religion today."

Read more: Ronald Bailey, Reason
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From Christianity Today

"Plenty of art lovers aren’t paragons of empathy. Art doesn’t necessarily boost our character or make us more aware of the world around us. Using that as a justification for art just leads us down the path of instrumentalism—using other people, or their stories, as a means toward our own ends. It can have a good effect. But it’s not automatic.

"We must learn to read art better to understand how it can make us better friends, better neighbors, better citizens, better humans."

Read more: Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today
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From The Stream

"The work of repentance is not natural; we yearn for control, for blissful ignorance of our faults, for life on our own terms. This is where music can help."

Read more: Anika Smith, The Stream
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From Deadline

"Trapped looks at the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal. It won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at Sundance last week."

Read more: Erik Pedersen, Deadline
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From Christianity Today

"On Saturday, provost Stanton Jones told faculty that he had revoked his recommendation that started the termination process.

"Hours later, the college and Hawkins jointly announced 'a confidential agreement under which [we] will part ways.'"

Read more: Jeremy Weber and Ted Olsen, Christianity Today
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From Right to Life of Michigan Blog

"When America’s most prolific serial killer was on trial for multiple murders and the jury was hearing horrific details of what occurred in Gosnell’s abortion clinic, the media didn’t bother to show up.

"However, the media was highly interested when prolife activist/citizen journalist David Daleiden went to the Harris County courthouse yesterday to merely post bond after being charged with using a fake driver's license to go undercover into Planned Parenthood."

Read more: Right to Life of Michigan Blog
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From The New York Times

"Maybe, in time, I'll find a way to reconcile my conflicted emotions, to separate the character from his maker, and to resurrect the vital and upright Dr. Huxtable who had lingered for so long in the back reaches of my memory.

"For now, I am still grieving."

Read more: Rachel L. Swarns, The New York Times
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From Twitchy

"In October of last year, Texas defunded Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.

Cosmopolitan, citing a study, appears to think the alleged effect of that defunding is a downside. . . ."

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From LifeSiteNews

"His legal team felt certain he would prevail on the substance of the charges without admitting guilt to any of them."

Read more: Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews
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From First Things

"We’re so used to the default trope that China is 'the world’s most populous nation' that it will come as a shock to many that, by some demographers’ estimates, China’s current population, 1.4 billion, will shrink to 500 million by the turn of the next century. But China’s demographic crisis could also be an evangelical opportunity."

Read more: George Weigel, First Things
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From NPR

"Fong explores the wide-ranging impact of what she calls the world's 'most radical experiment' in her new book, One Child. She says that among the policy's unintended consequences is an acute gender imbalance."

Read more: Fresh Air, NPR
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