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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

Confronting the Latchkey Culture: Work, Family, and American Individualism

“The child care crisis is so acute that child care workers in many areas of the country are unable to find adequate day care for their own children,” complains Patty Siegel, a child care consultant in California.  Now, let’s stop for a moment to diagram that sentence.  The absurdity in Siegel’s complaint is cited by scholar Brian Robertson as precisely the reason why Americans need to rethink the American pressure

Mister Jefferson, Tear Down This Wall? The Debate Over Separation of Church and State

Several years ago, a children’s animated film on the life of Christ jazzed up a bit the encounter between Jesus and the religious leaders over Caesar’s coin. In this version, after Jesus pronounced “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”, he threw the coin to the floor of the Temple. As it rolled across the stone, the film pictured Judas chasing

The Evangelical Conscience: Still Uneasy After All These Years

Carl Henry’s Uneasy Conscience is back, and not a moment too soon. Over fifty years after its debut, Eerdmans Publishers has reprinted The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. The importance of this little book might escape the contemporary generation of American evangelicals. In 1947, the young theologian issued a jarring manifesto calling for a theologically informed and socio-politically engaged evangelical movement. Henry indicted conservative Protestantism with an isolationism rooted in

Can a Glamorous New Bible Reach the Cosmo Teen?

When one sees a crowd of teenage girls standing in the food court of a suburban mall, chances are they are not debating the correct interpretation of “justification by works” in the Epistle of James. Indeed, chances are these women have almost no contact with the words of Scripture at all. It is quite likely, however, that these girls have read a copy of Glamour or Teen People magazine sometime