Tuesday's News & Ideas
Rob Bell's new American Christianity?
Sightings: One dismisses a Rob Bell at peril, because he generates so many ideas, takes so many risks, and issues valid criticisms. But, Martin Marty asks, what will come of all this?
Q&A: A candid history of Christmas' origins
United Methodist Reporter: While many may long for the true, "spiritual" Christmas from bygone days, the Rev. Bruce Forbes says that it never really existed.
Poll: Most Americans say employers should cover contraception
Religion News Service: Most Americans say that employers -- even religious ones -- should provide birth control coverage to their employees.
Westminster Abbey: meet the architect-in-residence
The (London) Guardian: Ptolemy Dean is the new architect-in-residence at Westminster Abbey. Oliver Wainwright hears his plans to reinvent a cornerstone of British history
Columbia seminary to teach the power of a listening ear
The (Columbia, S.C.) State: Lutheran Seminary, Lenoir-Rhyne prepare to offer counseling degree.
The science behind gifting
To be a really successful giver of gifts, a person usually needs to get inside the head of the intended recipient. Unfortunately, the Wall Street Journal reports, psychological studies reveal that givers and receivers have a hard time understanding each other's mind-sets, which can make for a tricky holiday experience.
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