February (Web-only) 2004

Excruciating? Excellent? Reviews of The Passion of The ChristSubscriber Access Only
The reviews are finally in for The Passion of The Christ. Plus, Oscar speculation, and reviews of The Return, Touching the Void, My Architect, Welcome to Mooseport, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Against the Ropes, and more.
Does Saved! Condemn Christian High Schools?Subscriber Access Only
News comes in on "the most spiritual film of all time," the Best of 2003, and The Passion of The Christ. A pregnant teen is persecuted by gay-hating evangelical Christians in Saved! Religious press critics review The Big Bounce and The Perfect Score, and You Got Served, examine new DVD releases, consider nudity in Calendar Girls, argue over The Butterfly Effect, and highlight themes in Oscar-nominated films.
Good Bye, Lenin!Subscriber Access Only
TwistedSubscriber Access Only
The Return of the King: Best Picture, Perhaps, But Not Best VersionSubscriber Access Only
The author of The Battle for Middle-Earth examines the missing theology of the cinematic blockbuster.
Passions and Tears AboundSubscriber Access Only
What moviegoers had to say after watching The Passion of The Christ.
'The Crucifixion Was an R-rated Event'Subscriber Access Only
Clergy reactions to The Passion of The Christ.
The Passion of The ChristSubscriber Access Only
Lethal Suffering: The Passion
The Passion and PrejudiceSubscriber Access Only
Why I asked the Anti-Defamation League to give Mel Gibson a break.
'Dude, That Was Graphic'Subscriber Access Only
Mel Gibson talks about The Passion of The Christ.
Against the RopesSubscriber Access Only
The Best Two YearsSubscriber Access Only
Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenSubscriber Access Only
Mel, Mary, and MothersSubscriber Access Only
The Passion of Mel GibsonSubscriber Access Only
Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities.
50 First DatesSubscriber Access Only
Christianity Today Movies did not review this film, but here's what other critics are saying ...
MiracleSubscriber Access Only
Hip-Hop OperaSubscriber Access Only
A rock musical for a new generation tells the gospel in MTV language—for better or for worse.
'I Was Looking for Peace and Found it in Christ'Subscriber Access Only
A converted felon in Colombia reflects on life in the guerrilla ranks.
Judge Purges Suit Against Priest's Reportedly Damning EulogySubscriber Access Only
Plus: Will revived attention and mammoth gift strain Salvation Army's Christian commitments?
Lessons from a Hostage Pastor in ColombiaSubscriber Access Only
A young minister works to prevent guerrilla kidnappings.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Doom of ChoiceSubscriber Access Only
Fate, free will, and moral responsibility in Tolkien.
Why the FARC Hates EvangelicalsSubscriber Access Only
The terrorist group has many misconceptions about Colombian Christians.
Lessons from a Hostage Pastor in ColombiaSubscriber Access Only
A young minister works to prevent guerrilla kidnappings.
'Kidnapped' Pastor DiscoveredSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Blunting Gibson's Passion, heresy vs. schism, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Craig Detweiler Finds Faith in FilmSubscriber Access Only
The co-author of A Matrix of Meanings talks about spirituality on screen.
Greek Orthodox Group Power Battle Goes to CourtSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Passion ad refused as Gibson reportedly drops his blood be upon us line, more on banning evolution in Georgia, Catholic school's experiments on aborted fetuses, and other stories from online source around the world.
Does Saved! Condemn Christian High Schools?Subscriber Access Only
News comes in on the most spiritual film of all time, the Best of 2003, and The Passion of the Christ. A pregnant teen is persecuted by gay-hating evangelical Christians in Saved! Religious press critics review The Big Bounce and The Perfect Score, and You Got Served, examine new DVD releases, consider nudity in Calendar Girls, argue over The Butterfly Effect, and highlight themes in Oscar-nominated films.
AMC Will Take Baptists' Rewritten Passion Ad After AllSubscriber Access Only
Plus: School suspends girl for telling classmate consequences of sin, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Prayer Breakfast FeedbackSubscriber Access Only
Also: 60 Minutes' apparent cluelessness on evangelicals. Did Kurt Warner fumble comments on faith vs. football? And other stories from online sources around the world.
The Blood-and-Fire Mission of the Salvation ArmySubscriber Access Only
Where did this tuba-playing, kettle-wielding social force come from, and what's it all about?
Living by VowsSubscriber Access Only
As his wife suffered with Alzheimer's, Robertson McQuilkin said, If I took care of her for 40 years, I would never be out of her debt.
Muriel's BlessingSubscriber Access Only
Despite the toll of his wife's Alzheimer's, a husband marvels at the mystery of love.
On Jesus' Death, Beware of Reading the News Texts LiterallySubscriber Access Only
Plus: Another challenge, but a silent one, to the traditional definition of marriage.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Worst President Ever?Subscriber Access Only
Former Nixon aide John Dean attempts to rehabilitate the reputation of Warren G. Harding.
The Gospel According to Tupac ShakurSubscriber Access Only
Why do kids relate so well to hip-hop artists Eminem or Tupac? And what can a preacher learn from these modern-day prophets?
Pilot's Evangelistic Efforts Freak Out Passengers, CountrySubscriber Access Only
Plus: Far too many stories on Passion, along with some on crime (but none on crimes of passion).
One Nation Under SecularismSubscriber Access Only
France's peculiar aversion to public religiosity is rooted in a sordid history of sectarian violence.
Is The Passion of the Christ Good Because It's Accurate? Is It Accurate?Subscriber Access Only
Christian press critics raise questions about The Passion of the Christ, while a popular mainstream critic defends the Catholic Church. Reviewers also examine Miracle, Barbershop 2, Catch That Kid, The Dreamers, You Got Served, and Lost in Translation.
New Kids on the BlogSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Links to a record-breaking 429 religion stories on gay marriage in Massachusetts, San Francisco, and the Church of England, a Ten Commandments resurgence, The Passion of The Christ, and even a few topics Weblog hasn't beat to death already.
One Nation Under SecularismSubscriber Access Only
France's peculiar aversion to public religiosity is rooted in a sordid history of sectarian violence.
Is a Religious Civil War Beginning in Iraq?Subscriber Access Only
American religious group ambushed as Al Qaeda reportedly tries to ignite intra-Muslim fighting.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: History Repeats Itself, Sort ofSubscriber Access Only
How the fate of Eugene McCarthy's insurgency against LBJ sheds light on the 2004 presidential campaign.
Attacked Iraq Taxi Was Carrying American Baptist Church PlantersSubscriber Access Only
Also: Evangelical church bombed in Thessaloniki, Americans believe the Bible, FDA delays morning-after pill decision, and other stories
China Arrests Dozens of Prominent ChristiansSubscriber Access Only
At least 50 detained in fresh crackdown on house churches, reportedly promoted by new video and book releases.
The Red Glowing CrossSubscriber Access Only
A veteran journalist makes vivid the hidden and expanding world of Chinese Christianity
China's Christian SyndromeSubscriber Access Only
David Aikman, author of Jesus in Beijing, says in 20 years Christians could have a major impact on China, and that could change the world.
Terror in IndiaSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Southern Baptist exec committee votes to leave world alliance, more on the Baptist minister killed in Iraq, troubles for the Federal Marriage Amendment, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Why Gay Marriage Would Be HarmfulSubscriber Access Only
Institutionalizing homosexual marriage would be bad for marriage, bad for children, and bad for society.
Menorah, Crescent and Star Secular, Says JudgeSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Was Christian network stiffed in station bid? The James Ossuary is back in the news, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The First Official Passion of the Christ Reviews … and 50 First DatesSubscriber Access Only
Moviegoers must wait a few more days for The Passion of the Christ, but the reviews are already coming in. Plus: Mel Gibson talks to PrimeTime, and the Passion debates continue. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have 50 First Dates, and one Christian film critic wonders why viewers are ignoring Peter Pan.
Why some Jews fear The PassionSubscriber Access Only
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ gives Christians the chance to disavow a shameful history of anti-Semitism.
Religious Conservative Leaders Savage BushSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Teen pregnancy and abortion rates drop, Roe case goes forward, the Amish in winter, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
God Is in the DetailsSubscriber Access Only
A scientist affirms his faith.
Can a Government Love Its Neighbor as Itself?Subscriber Access Only
The Weekly Standard examines Bush's Golden Rule
The Latest Temptation of ChristiansSubscriber Access Only
Troubling spite in the debate over The Passion shows that the church needs to take anti-Semitism more seriously.
Bush Endorses Federal Marriage AmendmentSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Are gays going back into the closet? And many other articles on gay marriage and related topics.
Pre-Weblog: The Biggest Religion News of the DaySubscriber Access Only
Contemplation on our own sinfulness before a deluge of news articles.
Supreme Court Clouds Church-State RulesSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Didja hear Mel Gibson made a movie about Jesus? And many, many other stories from online sources around the world.
Four Dozen Nigerian Christians Murdered in ChurchSubscriber Access Only
Plus: John Kerry endorses amendment against gay marriage, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Macedonian President, a Former Methodist Lay Minister, Dies in Plane CrashSubscriber Access Only
Boris Trajkovski promoted peace in a country divided by Orthodox Christian and Muslim distrust.
A Boycott That WorkedSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Missionaries flee Haiti, missionary murdered in Mozambique, battle for Baylor continues, clergy abuse report released, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
The Return of the King: Best Picture, Perhaps, But Not Best VersionSubscriber Access Only
The author of The Battle for Middle-Earth examines the missing theology of the cinematic blockbuster.
Just a Closer Walk … with the Historical JesusSubscriber Access Only
Mel Gibson's movie raises again the question: How much can we know historically about Jesus' life and times?
Sixpence Calls It QuitsSubscriber Access Only
Hymns Ancient and ModernSubscriber Access Only
The Passion of The ChristSubscriber Access Only
What to Make of Karl Barth’s Steadfast Adultery
What to Make of Karl Barth’s Steadfast Adultery
Do the recent revelations discredit his theology?