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Entries by David Van Biema from 02/2012

Bad News Psalms

| Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion

It's been a bad few weeks for Psalms in the news. Some perfectly good verses got dropped from a 35-year airline promotion, and a disturbing verse achieved a new prominence. Both are part of the same melancholy trend: the death of civil religion.

The Oscars, the Rabbi, Shakespeare and Psalm 90

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion

Psalm 90 builds to a petition to God: not to reduce our sentences, but to make sense of them: "teach us to number our days, that we may gain a wise heart."