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August (Web-only) 2013

Religion Runs in the Family
Religion Runs in the Family
Vern Bengtson’s research shows the surprising resiliency of faith as it passes from parents to children.
Os Guinness: Liberals and Conservatives Are Getting Religious Freedom Wrong
Os Guinness: Liberals and Conservatives Are Getting Religious Freedom Wrong
The social critic says a foundational human right really is under threat at home and abroad.
Music: To Kill and To Save
Music: To Kill and To Save
Two new documentaries explore the role of music during the rise of the Third Reich.
Closed Circuit
Closed Circuit
A competent legal thriller masquerades as a critique of Big Brother government.
David Lowery's Ballad of Outlaws and Lovers
David Lowery's Ballad of Outlaws and Lovers
A chat with the director reveals that his film "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" hearkens back to classic American obsessions, cinematic history, literature—and the Bible, too.
Why Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Be Religious
Why Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Be Religious
And how our expectations for Christians in education are changing.
Coptic Christianity Meets the Modern World
Coptic Christianity Meets the Modern World
How does an ancient, persecuted faith keep pace with political and cultural change?
The Quick Take for August 23, 2013
THE BUTLER is big at the box office because of churches, BEN-HUR and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD are getting rebooted, and more.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Juxtaposition—of a father and son, and of a country—captures some of the complex truth of racism and the civil rights movement.
The World's End
The World's End
Nothing says apocalypse like twelve pints in one night.
Max Lucado's War Against Despair
Max Lucado's War Against Despair
How the story of Joseph helps us fight feelings of hopelessness.
The Prosperity Gospel Is Surprisingly Mainstream
The Prosperity Gospel Is Surprisingly Mainstream
Mocked and derided across the cultural spectrum, the message of “health and wealth” enjoys wider support than one might imagine.
Short Term 12: Law and Grace
Short Term 12
The system is broken, but grace breaks through.
The Craziest Statistic You'll Read About North American Missions
The Craziest Statistic You'll Read About North American Missions
An astonishing number of non-Christians in the U.S. and Canada don't know any Christians. Here's why.
The Quick Take for August 16, 2013
Our new weekly cheat sheet with streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
Egypt's Christians Support Military's Eviction of Pro-Morsi Protesters
Despite 600 Deaths, Egypt's Christians Support Military's Eviction of Pro-Morsi Protesters
(UPDATED) Bible Society director: '[Christians] are paying the price to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood apparatus and live in peace.'
The Conjuring
The Conjuring
Can a horror film offer rest for our souls?
Our Experiment in Criticism
Our Experiment in Criticism
Reflections from CT's chief film critic on what we're trying to do.
What the 'Six Types of Atheists' Mean for Christian Outreach
What the 'Six Types of Atheists' Mean for Christian Outreach
A new study highlights important differences between nonbelievers. But they have many things in common, too.
The Quick Take for August 9, 2013
Our weekly cheat sheet compiles streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
¡Vivan Los Evangelicos!
¡Vivan Los Evangelicos! (a CT classic)
Hispanics are not only spicing up U.S. culture, they are fueling the greatest growth in the North American church.
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Elysium
Elysium
Heroes like this one are unlikely and unlikable and just like us.
Reza Aslan Tells an Old Story about Jesus
Reza Aslan Tells an Old Story about Jesus
The author’s portrait of a would-be political revolutionary relies on outdated scholarship and breathtaking leaps in logic.
Briefly: Rising From Ashes
A quick look at a new documentary that's rooted in risk and delight.
You, Me, and the Heavenly Three?
You, Me, and the Heavenly Three?
Why the Trinity can't tell us about gender. A response to Larry Crabb.
Not All Hispanics Eat Tacos
Not All Hispanics Eat Tacos
The 20 different Latin American nationalities represented in el Norte have significant differences in food, slang, values, and immigration history.
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Generation Gap
Generation Gap
Hispanic and white churches together must face the growing gulf between first- and later-generation Hispanics.
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Last Temptation Turns Twenty-Five
Last Temptation Turns Twenty-Five
Has the film that spurred boycotts—and one arson attack—stood the test of time?
2 Guns
2 Guns
A huge, harmful, insidious, attractive lie.
The Second Coming Christ Controversy: Company with Ties to David Jang Buys 'Newsweek'
The Second Coming Christ Controversy: Company with Ties to David Jang Buys 'Newsweek'
Media group that bought the weekly took part in regular Internet chats with Jang to discuss business.
The Quick Take for August 3, 2013
Our new weekly cheat sheet with streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church?
Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church?
How congregations can reach out to people with same-sex attraction and remain committed to biblical human sexuality.
Spectacular Now, The
The Spectacular Now
One of the best films of the summer is about real teenagers and learning what maturity means.
My Immigration Status: Beloved
My Immigration Status: Beloved
In Christ I am more than the ‘crime’ I committed at age 5.