Here are three interesting articles.
Some American soldiers are trying to preserve an ancient monastery in Iraq. The monks who lived there were martyred - read: murdered - in 1743 for refusing to convert to Islam, putting an end to community that was over a thousand years old. Christians in the area are still under attack.
Pew Forum has published another survey on religious beliefs, this one detailing the tendency to mix and match religious ideas. Not surprising, but interesting.
On Salon a New York woman talks about her 'closet' Christianity. Its easy to think she doth protest too much, but then you get to her readers' comments...