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Top News Stories of 2008

The events, people, and debates of the past year that Christianity Today's editors and writers believe have shaped, or will significantly shape, evangelical life, thought, or mission.

1. Election 2008: Democrats woo evangelical vote, making only slight gains from Bush era.

Meanwhile, Religious Right leaders waited until the gop convention to support McCain (or was it Palin they supported?). Institutions like Saddleback Church, Messiah College, and Belmont University played host to both sides.

2. Voters turn back California Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision.

More than $70 million was spent in the battle over Proposition 8 before Election Day. Then came the lawsuits—along with demonstrations and attacks against Mormons, who were seen as key to passing the proposition.

3. Christians in Orissa, India, again become scapegoats for Hindu extremists.

Reports say scores of people were killed in months of pogroms, with tens of thousands displaced and 117 churches destroyed. With elections in the spring, more violence is likely.

4. Anglican Communion continues to implode in slow motion.

Yes, this makes the list almost every year. But this time whole dioceses split from ...

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