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Afghan Girls Poisoned for Attending School

Apr 29 2010
Some Afghan groups believe educating girls is forbidden in Islam and corrosive to society.

Some 88 girls and teachers fell ill at three different schools within a week in northern Afghanistan. Authorities believe the sickness is due to poison gas attacks, and have not yet identified who harmed the girls and teachers. The Taliban has been suspected but ...

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Barbara Brown Taylor Builds 'An Altar in the World'

Apr 28 2010
The former Episcopal priest helps readers pay attention to where God is dropping ladders in surprising places.

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, preacher and writer Barbara Brown Taylor's most recent book, uses a variety of spiritual—though not always distinctly Christian—stories to demonstrate the surprising ways the spiritual and physical worlds ...

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The Hard Realities of International Adoption

Apr 27 2010
Torry Hansen's story and the ensuing Russian adoption freeze might make some families reconsider.

A Tennessee woman's decision send her troubled 7-year-old son, Artyom Savelyev, alone on a plane back to Russia this month with a note saying he had psychopathic issues has turned the international adoption world upside down and seems to have frozen adoptions ...

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Female Sex Addict: Not an Oxymoron

Apr 26 2010
Marnie Ferree's 'No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction' challenges easy assumptions about who gets addicted and why.

Biblical scholars have yet to determine if the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) was a sex addict. But Nashville-based clinical therapist Marnie Ferree says the woman's shame and social status make her an apt archetype for women struggling with sex addiction. ...

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Female and Athletic: College Basketball's Gender Dilemma

Apr 23 2010
Gay bloggers' backlash to Christian coach's pro-family statement highlights the NCAA's messy relationship with femininity.

What seemed like a simple statement about family togetherness has become a lightning rod in the world of Division I women's college basketball.

Robin Pingeton, the new women's basketball coach at the University of Missouri, said in her first press conference April ...

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Yoga: An Exercise in Discernment

Apr 22 2010
How I submit the meditative practice to Christ.

About 16 million adults in the United States practice yoga—an increase of 85 percent from 2004 to 2008—and the Los Angeles Times reports that both Christian and Jewish groups are incorporating the Eastern meditation practice into their respective faith ...

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Breastfeed for the Health of the Nation?

Apr 21 2010
Not nursing has major societal and health consequences—but even so, mothers deserve our support and understanding, not our judgment.

A new study published in Pediatrics journal concluded that breastfeeding has major life- and money-saving benefits. The study found that "if 90 percent of U.S. families could comply with the medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United ...

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Lady Gaga: Champion of Abstinence?

Apr 19 2010
The wave of celebrities touting a "celibate" lifestyle actually undermines the movement.

Lady Gaga can make anything cool: Muppets as clothing. Bows made out of human hair. Pantslessness. Abstinence.

Wait … what?

"I can't believe I'm saying this—don't have sex," said the 24-year-old pop star in an interview with Britain's Daily Mail. Gaga, ...

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Art That Reveals Our Need for Grace

Apr 16 2010
Physically disabled photographers surprising work reveals to viewer their own limitations.

After seeing an advertisement for the 8th Annual Garden State Film Festival on Twitter, I requested a press pass, thinking I might screen an inspiring film or two that I could recommend to Her.meneutics readers. The festival director suggested Newt Gingrich's ...

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A Failed 'Date Night'

Apr 15 2010
Tina Fey and Steve Carell's new romantic comedy about marital commitment hits a dull note.

Out of habit, I still watch Tina Fey in 30 Rock and Steve Carell in The Office every week, even though I do not particularly like the shows anymore. Both started out as a fresh, humorous takes on usual suspects, corporations and the average American work place. ...

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A Higher Calling Than Barbie

Apr 14 2010
Why do women want to be represented by a plastic doll?

Last week in a coffee shop, a complete stranger felt compelled to show me an article in the local newspaper. It was an article about career-oriented Barbie dolls. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that a recent poll on Mattel's website asked people to vote ...

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The Brave Women of the Catholic Church

Apr 13 2010
The Catholic Church abuse stories are exasperating, but a few lay writers give me hope.

I love a good story. That's why I've been captivated in recent days by stories concerning the Catholic Church abuse scandal. Not the newspaper spreads with timelines showing who knew what, when they knew it, and what they did or didn't do about it. I've read some ...

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iHave an iPad, But at What Cost?

Apr 12 2010
Perhaps technological advances are challenging spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, contemplation, and waiting to hear from the Lord.

We don't watch much television in our household, but my husband and I both find ourselves wed to the computer. I was looking through a photo album with our daughter last week, and we came across one from her infancy. She's swaddled in a pink and white striped ...

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Turning Child's Play into a Passion Play

Apr 9 2010
How we might consider observing Lent after Easter.

I'll confess I'm not sorry to see Lent come to an end this year.

Usually, I enjoy the Lenten season—although perhaps "enjoy" isn't quite the right word. I love that the liturgical calendar has a space for penitence and discipline, for the work of preparation ...

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Cosmetic Surgery to the Glory of God?

Apr 7 2010
Christians can't dismiss such surgery until they seriously consider our God-given desire for beauty.

I'd never thought much about plastic surgery until 28 years ago, when my then 2-year-old son bit through an extension cord and burnt his mouth. Even though we had no insurance, my husband and I found a plastic surgeon who restored symmetry and proportion to our ...

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