December (Web-only) 2005

Kong Stirs Up Critics, Brokeback Stirs Up a StormSubscriber Access Only
King Kong is amazing, but indulgent, while Brokeback Mountain is stirring up controversy. Plus, The Family Stone, Memoirs of a Geisha, and more reviews of Syriana, Paradise Now, and Yours, Mine & Ours.
The Lion, The Witch, and The VerdictSubscriber Access Only
The Narnia reviews are in, and many Christian critics press find it good but not great, expressing differing degrees of dissatisfaction. Plus, religious press reviews of Syriana, and another look at Pride & Prejudice.
Flimsy Flux a Flop for TheronSubscriber Access Only
Christian critics question Aeon Flux. Plus, more reviews of Rent, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Walk the Line.
Christian Critics: No Thanks for New MoviesSubscriber Access Only
Yours, Mine & Ours, Rent, The Ice Harvest, Just Friends, In the Mix—;Christian film critics aren't happy with any of them. They're still more interested in Walk the Line, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Pride & Prejudice and Shopgirl.
Mini-Weblog: Jews for Jesus Against GoogleSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Church to give away house on New Year's Eve, LA Times on the country's largest Christian talk radio station, and a few other stories.
Weblog Bonus: Three Dozen Editorials on Intelligent Design, But Only One OpinionSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Tex. District approves Bible curriculum, the last of the 2005 Christmas wars, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Dover Board Lied! Intelligent Design Died!Subscriber Access Only
Plus: The Catholic version of the "no church on Christmas" story, the Osteens' worst flight now, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Sydney Churches BurnSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Indiana House prayer ban challenged, Wa. Democrats apologize for anti-fish item, cloning fabrications, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Megachurches on the DefensiveSubscriber Access Only
Plus: The real "Lucy," Australia's churches respond to rioting, keeping Benny Hinn out of Fiji, and other stories from online sources around the world.
There's No Place Like Court for the HolidaysSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Qur'an oaths suit tossed, John Wilson on N.T. Wright's new perspective on Paul, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Forcing Emergency Contraception Pills Down Throats of OpponentsSubscriber Access Only
Mass. Hospitals denied exemption as Walgreens pharmacists sue. Plus: More religion stories from online sources around the world.
Entertainment2 hrs 4 min
Match PointSubscriber Access Only
Not Just LookingSubscriber Access Only
Books for the eye.
Christians in Hollywood: Now What?Subscriber Access Only
Pop culture analyst Craig Detweiler says Christians are long past merely trying to get a foot in the door in the film industry. Now that they've got a seat at the table, where do they go from here?
The Sound of the FuraySubscriber Access Only
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), now a pastor in Colorado, is still making music. These days, it's what he calls "devotional songs."
Entertainment1 hr 48 min
CasanovaSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 36 min
Rumor Has It...Subscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 44 min
MunichSubscriber Access Only
Bethlehem's BioethicsSubscriber Access Only
Christmas in the early 21st century.
Christmas Attacks SuspectedSubscriber Access Only
Indonesia's Christians dig bomb pits to prep for terrorist assaults over weekend.
Intelligent Design Is Too Religious for Schools, Judge RulesSubscriber Access Only
"Abundantly clear" that it's updated creationism, he says.
Entertainment1 hr 34 min
Cheaper by the Dozen 2Subscriber Access Only
Entertainment1 hr 30 min
Fun with Dick & JaneSubscriber Access Only
Truth, Christmas, and the EucharistSubscriber Access Only
Why I didn't like the hymns and praise songs we were singing—and why I was missing the point.
The Top Ten Books of 2005Subscriber Access Only
A charming bedside miscellany, a new novel by P. D. James, and much more.
My Rant Against CCMSubscriber Access Only
I was so busy bashing the state of contemporary Christian music that I almost forgot to point the accusatory finger at myself. Then God stepped in ... with conviction
The Man Came AroundSubscriber Access Only
Johnny Cash was not ashamed of his Christian faith—though it was sometimes a messy faith—and even got some encouragement from Billy Graham along the way.
Exiled Iraqi Christians Vote with Concern About Their FutureSubscriber Access Only
Chaldo-Assyrians seek representation in their homeland.
Dorothy Sayers: "The Dogma Is the Drama"Subscriber Access Only
An interview with Barbara Reynolds.
Entertainment1 hr 42 min
The Family StoneSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 14 min
The ProducersSubscriber Access Only
A Common Cause for Our Common HumanitySubscriber Access Only
Left and right come together in defense of us.
Entertainment3 hrs 7 min
King KongSubscriber Access Only
How to Survive a BookalancheSubscriber Access Only
Some more keepers from 2005.
Readers WriteSubscriber Access Only
Recent letters on Sunday Christmas services, Anne Rice, the Oregon suicide case, evangelical theologies, and gender roles.
"Aslan Was Cool"Subscriber Access Only
So says a 10-year-old who saw the new Narnia movie last week in this roundup of moviegoer reactions to the film.
Why You Won't Like Turkish Delight As Much As Edmund DidSubscriber Access Only
Though sales are up in the U.K., no one thinks the exotic, rose-flavored candy will catch on in the U.S.
Sharing Stories from the HeartSubscriber Access Only
The lessons of history are fair game for use today.
Entertainment2 hrs 14 min
Brokeback MountainSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 20 min
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The WardrobeSubscriber Access Only
Entertainment2 hrs 24 min
Memoirs of a GeishaSubscriber Access Only
Face Off—and Back OnSubscriber Access Only
Face transplants raise more questions than answers.
Megachurches Cancel ChristmasSubscriber Access Only
Plus: Australian charity ordered to hire non-Christians, one Walgreen pharmacist caves on Plan B, anti-"fundie" KU prof alleges attack, and other stories from online sources around the world.
A Narnia Without Lewis or AslanSubscriber Access Only
The real surprise in The Giant Surprise, a "brand new Narnia adventure story," isn't the byline.
Tis the Season for Books (And Lists of Books)Subscriber Access Only
Part one of our 2005 roundup.
A Narnia Geek's Dream Come TrueSubscriber Access Only
Perry Moore, a lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fanboy, has always wanted to see his favorite book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, made into a movie. Now it is—and he's the executive producer.
Warren, Hybels Urge Churches to Wage 'War on AIDS'Subscriber Access Only
Hundreds of evangelicals attending Disturbing Voices conference repent, refocus on outreach to outcasts.
The Original Narnia SoundtrackSubscriber Access Only
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