The Common Good

The Morning News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

AMERICAN SPECTATOR: Social Muddle: Business, Justice, and the Gospel are Already Social
The adjective that economist Friedrich Hayek famously called a "weasel word" is alive and well in the feel-good phrases social businesssocial justice, and the social gospel.
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CHRISTIAN POST: Obama Refers to His Christian Faith During National Tree Lighting Ceremony
President Barack Obama referenced his Christian faith and the biblical nativity story in an address to the public during the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C., which is an 89-year-old American tradition.
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HUFFINGTON POST: Fount of Blessing, Fount of Youth: Age and the American Church
I write this now because it will be too late to write later. Presently, I write as the mascot of a Christian community of which I would like to be a citizen. My skin is white and unwrinkled. I am healthy: 300 pounds plus on a bench press, three hours plus on a marathon route. I drink the trendiest coffee, listen to the trendiest music. I have the resources and desire to do these things. My spouse and I comprise that "young family" for which so many churches pine.
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RNS: One-Third of Shelter Residents Are Newly Homeless
Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year, a 6 percent jump from the previous year, according to a new survey.
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AP: U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Nearly Three Years
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than 2 1/2 years. More Americans out of work either found jobs or gave up looking and were no longer counted as unemployed.
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ABC News: Gingrich Says Poor Children Have No Work Habits
Responding to controversial comments he made about child labor in late November at Harvard University, Newt Gingrich today told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that children in poor neighborhoods have “no habits of working and nobody around them who works.”
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New York Times: For Afghan Woman, Justice Runs Into Unforgiving Wall of Custom
When the Afghan government announced Thursday that it would pardon a woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after she reported that she had been raped, the decision seemed a clear victory for the many women here whose lives have been ground down by the Afghan justice system.
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Huffington Post: Occupy Jerusalem: How Jesus Got Himself Killed
When it comes to the matter of Jesus' death, Christians typically insist upon his innocence. Since many Christians believe in Jesus' sinlessness, it stands to reason that Jesus committed no acts worthy of his execution. Moreover, Christian theology has expended enormous energy, and rightly so, in explaining how a tragedy so grave as Jesus' crucifixion could participate in God's saving action for the world.
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