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December (Web-only) 2012

Faith-Based Medicine for Fractured Nations
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Where conflict has torn a country apart, religion can play an important role in bringing it back together.
Contraceptives, Guns, Chicken: Top Newsmakers of 2012
Subscriber Access Only Contraceptives, Guns, Chicken: Top Newsmakers of 2012
CT rounds up end-of-year lists from around the web.
Egyptian Christians Face the Future Under New Islamist Law
Subscriber Access Only Egyptian Christians Face the Future Under New Islamist Law
What way forward under the hastily passed, shari'ah-based constitution?
Why C.S. Lewis Didn't Write for Christianity Today
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Why C.S. Lewis Didn't Write for Christianity Today
Carl Henry wanted more 'Mere Christianity' and direct theology. Lewis didn't.
How the Early Church Made Peace with Prosperity
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As the early church grew in wealth and stature, it displaced existing Roman models of caring for the poor.
Is Liberty's Football Bid an Evangelical Hail Mary Pass?
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Falwell-founded school hopes its football team will boost evangelicals the way Notre Dame's helped Catholics.
Dispatch from the End of the World
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Trying to minister amid the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.
Worship Christ the Newborn King
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Worship Christ the Newborn King
This, this is Christ the King. It's not just imagery and metaphor.
Impossible, The
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An amazing-but-true story about a loving family's fight for survival after the 2004 tsunami.
Zero Dark Thirty
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A thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden captures the conflicted, complex moral issues of the operation.
Django Unchained
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Simultaneously infuriating and exhilarating—in other words, quintessential Tarantino.
Les Misérables
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The moving musical of love and grace comes to the big screen with amazing performances.
Go Overboard Celebrating Christmas
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A godliness that won't delight in fudge and eggnog is no godliness at all.
Government Backs Down on Contraceptive Mandate
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Promises to "never enforce" current HHS rule against Wheaton College or similar religious employers. But is it a real victory?
Why We Fight for Campus Access
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The tensions over InterVarsity's leadership requirements have been costly. But the struggle—not just the outcome—is worth it.
What Civilization V Gets Right (and Wrong) About Christianity
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Gods of Power and Might: What Civilization V Gets Right (and Wrong) About Christianity
When games include religion, it's as one more tool for winning. That might soon change.
The Media and the Massacre
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The Media and the Massacre
True compassion requires turning off the news.
The 2012 CT Music Awards
Subscriber Access Only The 2012 CT Music Awards
Christianity Today picks the top 12 albums of the year.
Sufjan Stevens's Conflicted Christmas
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100 songs in, Stevens understands the joys, pains, and ironies of Christmas like no other artist.
The Wild Grace of Christmas
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The Wild Grace of Christmas
And its wildness is what prompts us to tame it.
On the Death—and Life—of Innocent Children
Subscriber Access Only On the Death—and Life—of Innocent Children
The 20 slain in Connecticut are not alone, nor without hope.
The Hidden Purpose of the Hobbit's Adventure
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Gandalf promises Bilbo Baggins a "profitable" quest, but the wizard has a different sort of treasure in mind.
Tolkien: Man Behind the Myth
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Tolkien: Man Behind the Myth
At odds with his world, he created another.
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
Subscriber Access Only The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Tolkien's classic quest is interpreted through the wider lens of his full Middle-Earth works.
The Foolish Wisdom of Bilbo Baggins
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There is "more of good" in the hobbit than is apparent at the outset of his adventure.
Why Gabby Douglas Almost Quit Before the Olympics
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The gold medalist talks to CT about her upbringing, her absent dad, and her plans for Rio 2016.
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Notable Sacred Music for 2012
Subscriber Access Only Notable Sacred Music for 2012
From ye olde classics to African-American spirituals to more modern fare, a versatile mix.
What You Need to Know About the Bay Psalm Book
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What You Need to Know About the Bay Psalm Book
Boston's Old South Church is selling a copy of the historic volume. Here's why it's such a big deal.
How Josh Wilson Became a 'Loopy' Guitarist
Subscriber Access Only How Josh Wilson Became a 'Loopy' Guitarist
He plays up to 24 instruments in the studio and on stage, and now on a Christmas album.
Third Prosecutor Removed from Turkish Christian Murder Trials
Subscriber Access Only Turkish High Council Removes Third Prosecutor from Christian Murder Trials
Latest shuffle occurs after November hearings for 19 suspects accused of brutal 2007 murders.
Private Jets for Jesus
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Nigeria's Pentecostal preachers say expanding ministries justify their personal planes.
Actually, Evangelicals Were Quite Enthusiastic About Romney
Subscriber Access Only Actually, Evangelicals Were Quite Enthusiastic About Romney
Two new reports shine new light on what happened in last month's election.
Mary Neal Describes Her Visit to Heaven
Subscriber Access Only Mary Neal Describes Her Visit to the Gates of Heaven
The best-selling author talks about why she thinks it was real.
InterVarsity Wins Key Nondiscrimination Battle at Tufts
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School amends "all comers" policy to exempt religious student group leaders.
Did Scientists Really Discover the 'Gene That Makes Us Human'?
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Did Scientists Really Discover the 'Gene That Makes Us Human'?
What's inside the significant discovery of miR-941.
Why C.S. Lewis Was Wrong on Marriage (and J.R.R. Tolkien Was Right)
Subscriber Access Only Why C.S. Lewis Was Wrong on Marriage (and J.R.R. Tolkien Was Right)
Lewis surrendered his central conviction when he argued for "two distinct kinds of marriage."
Waking Up the Church to Gender Injustice
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Waking Up the Church to Gender Injustice
A CT interview with "Half the Sky" coauthor Nicholas Kristof.
What Do They Teach at These British Schools?
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What Do They Teach at These British Schools?
The country's new debates over religious education and human origins curricula.
Should High-Profile Converts Wait to Publicly Share Their Conversion?
Subscriber Access Only Should High-Profile Converts Wait to Publicly Share Their Conversion?
Experts weigh in on controversy over Two and a Half Men star's conversion.
Christians Find Few Shades of Grey in Book's Popularity
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Christians Find Few Shades of Grey in Book's Popularity
Bestselling "mommy porn" trilogy prompts fresh questions on cultural engagement.
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.