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Men Are from Venus, Women Are from Mars: Following Post-Gender America in the New York Times

Theologian Karl Barth is credited with the famous dictum that the preacher should approach the pulpit with “the Bible in one hand and the New York Times in the other.” If so, this Sunday’s sermon was all about gender. And the Bible and the New York Times are saying very different things. And that’s just in the “Style” section. On the front page of the “Sunday Styles,” the newspaper first

Television Sex: Too Boring for Christians

Never has network television been so explicitly sexualized. Never has television sex been so promoted and packaged for commercial consumption. And there is at least one reason why orthodox Christians should turn off the televisions-the sex is too boring for us. Some NBC television executive thought he’d found the Holy Grail of Nielsen ratings. Since American culture is so sexualized, why not just organize a situation comedy around the gimmick

Daddy Daycare: On Second Thought…

Perhaps yesterday’s commentary was a little too harsh. The October 8 “Best of the Web” column by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has a different take on the German “kindergarten” where wives can drop off their men while they shop. “This may not be as silly as it sounds,” notes the WSJ. “After all, the last time German men were left without adult supervision, they ended up overruning

Daddy Daycare: Germany Launches Kindergarten for Men

Several years ago, the Candid Camera television show tried a hidden camera stunt featuring a man being led by a leash around a department store by his shopping wife. The show recorded the outraged and incredulous looks of shoppers, who were asked by the woman if they could watch after her husband for a moment while she checked out. What seemed farcical in the twentieth century seems perfectly reasonable for

Do Southern Democrats Have Time for the Future?

I did not learn to care about unborn human life or about the centrality of marriage to human culture in my boyhood Southern Baptist congregation. I came to care about these things on the campaign trail with a Democratic United States Congressman from Mississippi. I won’t say that everything I know about politics I learned from the Mississippi Democratic Party. But close. As a young idealistic Southerner, I was a

Too Fat for the Grave: The Death Industry on the Super-Sizing of America

“Mom’s not going to look comfortable in that casket.” That’s the newest euphemism of the funeral industry, according to the New York Times. The carefully crafted phrase is a way to tell grieving family members that their loved one will require a larger-than-standard casket. And, according to the Times, funeral directors are saying it more and more. In fact, the article notes that a new industry is emerging around the

Questions & Ethics

Questions & Ethics: A follow up on the Serial Podcast series

Russell Moore, Dan Darling, Mike Cosper, and Joe Carter discuss the finale of the Serial podcast and how the series affects our views of America’s criminal justice system.