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Title says it all.

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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was under criminal prohibition from obtaining firearms because of past convictions. A helpful glimpse into Canada’s system of gun rules.  

3. The Paradox of the Christian CEO
Fr. James Martin expounds on Catholic social teaching to address the difficult question: “The question I would ask Christian CEOs is blunt: What do you want to say to Jesus when you reach the gates of heaven? That you took as much as you could, or as much as the market would bear, because the board okay’d it? Or that you accepted what you thought was just,and understood the needs of your fellow men and women, who may have worked even harder than you?

4. A Sandy Hook Father’s Plea
Mark Barden lost a child in the Sandy Hook massacre. In this moving testimony, he offers a plea that we all do what we can to stop the next school shooting before it happens.

The New Evangelicals

The tide of political priorities among white evangelicals may be turning. Asked in an October CBS News poll what issues they would most like candidates to discuss, respondents revealed that gay marriage and abortion are not among the top priorities. Health care tops the list at 23 percent, followed by the Iraq war at 20 percent. When asked to identify the issues evangelicals should get more involved in, 33 percent said poverty and 17 percent cited genocide and violence.

A recent Barna Group poll suggests that the views of young evangelicals may be driving the change. The poll of 16- to 29-year-old Christians suggests the younger generation exhibits a greater degree of criticism toward Christianity than did previous generations when they were that age:

50 percent perceive Christ­ianity to be judgmental, hypocritical, and too political.

33 percent say Christianity is old-fashioned and out of touch with reality.

80 percent say “anti-homosexual” is a phrase that describes Christ-ianity.

22 percent agree that Christianity in today’s society no longer looks like Jesus.

The Barna Group’s David Kinnaman said that “the descriptions that young people offered of Christianity were more thoughtful, nuanced, and experiential than expected.”

Sources: “A New Generation Expresses its Skepticism and Frustration with Christ­ianity” (Barna Group, September 2007); “White Evangelicals, the Issues, and the 2008 Election” (CBS Poll, Oct. 12-16, 2007).

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Sojourners Magazine February 2008
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