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December 2009Volume 53, Number 12
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Table of Contents
Features
Believers from Muslim backgrounds are trying to forge new identities in Islamic cultures. The debate over their options has grown furious.
More people than ever doubt that anyone has a corner on truth. So why do Christians keep insisting on the incomparable uniqueness of Christ?
Why, Lord, do you allow this time, of all times, to become for some a memorial of searing pain?
Joanna Quintrell brings the Christ alternative to alternative spirituality seekers.
News
Unraveling the Supreme Court's tangled view of public crosses.
American views of the Bible, God as King and Friend, and other recent statistics.
Recent remarks on faith healing, immigration, runaway Rifqa Bary, and the flu.
Churches try to balance grace and accountability toward sex offenders.
Colleges debate student newspaper rules as Internet spreads stories far beyond campus.
Internet-based lender inspires innovation in Christian microfinance.
President of Youth Specialties fired, Shane Hipps hired by Mars Hill, and other transitions in the Christian world.
Campus ministries swap pizza for compassion.
Robust support makes all the difference during an unplanned pregnancy.
Views
Your responses to the October 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Death to deadly earnest discipleship!
What's the biggest change needed in how charities and federal agencies deliver aid to developing nations?
What the two genealogies of Christ, found in Matthew and Luke, are really trying to say.
We can't see God clearly without Jesus. O come, Emmanuel.
It's not just the problem of evil that baffles the secularist.
Reviews
Book Reviews:
Author Dinesh D'Souza says new scientific thinking bolsters the case for life after death.
The Dickens classic is not just charming. It's also brutally realistic about the world, then and now.
Do even Christians operate from 'brazen self-interest' in interacting with others and with God?
In Deep Church, Jim Belcher says it doesn't have to be either-or.
The Spirit of Advent
Thomas Merton's letters, the law and theology of illegitimacy, and Victorian photocollage.
John Wigger explains how Francis Asbury left his fingerprints all over American Christianity.
Books, films, and music of note in December.
Music Reviews:
Dylan's holiday album a bust, but others catch the Christmas spirit.
Books, films, and music of note in December.
In Every Issue
Sometimes we need a break from the practical.
Matthew Lee Anderson's online ruminations go deep.
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