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Santa stops here

Christmas | The dangers of teaching children about a mythical omniscient gift-giver
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 12/10/17, 07:27 pm

Planted on the grassy strip in front of a house two doors down is a sign announcing “Santa Stops Here. Date: December 19. Raindate: December 20.” The many little tykes on my street must be counting the days.

I remember when Santa Claus came to Walnut Hill Plaza in Woonsocket in 1960, and ahead of his visit my mother was at the stove making dinner and I stood at her elbow and looked up at her face and made her solemnly tell me the truth: “Is he really coming in a flying sleigh?” And she solemnly assured me he was.

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Going by the book

Religion | Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s constitutional originalism contrasts with his church’s evolving view of the Bible
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/24/17, 09:41 am

When new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch heard oral arguments on the high court for the first time in mid-April, he quickly asked a Justice Department attorney, “Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we just followed the plain text of the statute?”

It was a good question from a justice known as an originalist—a judge aiming to follow the plain text of the law and of the Constitution, as its framers originally wrote it.

A similar question could be helpful for the church Gorsuch attends.

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Ages between days

Q&A | Oxford professor offers a different Creation theory
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/08/17, 09:31 am

John Lennox, 73, is an Oxford University professor of mathematics and philosopher of science. He has written apologetics books such as Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists Are Missing the Target and Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science.

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