Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things on-line that caught my attention this week:

Is baseball boring?

A religious labor movement?

E.J. Dionne on a new development in the Obama-Notre Dame controversy.

New Republic slideshow of athletes in politics.

Robert Putnam’s forthcoming book: Religious people are nicer.

John Turner reviews Jon Shields’s The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right.

A short history of Mother’s Day.

Mapping the “Seven Deadly Sins.”

Gerardo Marti on evangelical critiquing themselves.

Peter Steinfels on Catholics and abortion.

Does a functioning society require religious faith?