January (Web-only) 2002

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
It's well nigh impossible to hate the warm-hearted Harry Potter. A review of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.'
Coming Soon to a Screen Near You
Coming Soon to a Screen Near You
"Big screen and small screen features focus on C.S. Lewis, WWII pacifists, and young love"
To the End, a Baptist Preacher
To the End, a Baptist Preacher
If you want to know Martin Luther King Jr., consult his sermons.
As U.S. Troops Gear Up in Philippines, Tape of Burnhams Finally Airs Tonight
But is it possible to both free the missionaries and eradicate their captors? And does it really help the war on terrorism?
Letter to Martin Luther King, Jr.
A progress report.
Saying Christian Radio is Too Political May Get Head of Religious Broadcasters Fired
Plus: Hindu radicals' latest lie about Christians in India, and other stories from around the world.
Pakistani Christians Praise Plan to End 'Religious Apartheid'
Is The Truth Out There?
Religious columnists find flowers growing in television's wasteland. Part 2 of a midseason look at TV.
Military Drops Rule on Muslim Garb for U.S. Servicewomen in Saudi Arabia
Plus: DeMoss tries to explain Power for Living to a hostile Germany.
A Beautiful What ?
The Golden Globes honored A Beautiful Mind this week, a true story that tells very little truth. Also: Black Hawk Down— just a bunch of combat scenes? I Am Sam's Sean Penn—begging for an Oscar? Orange County— not another teen movie? Snow Dogs—a must see
'The Ultimate Stem Cell' Is Ethical, Too
Plus: Dove Award nominations, Episcopalians will have to elect a pro-gay Washington bishop, and other stories from around the world.
Peru's Supreme Court Rules Against de Vinate
Inter-American human rights court may be the evangelical's last hope.
Australian Governor-General Feels Heat Over Handling of Abuse Case
Former Anglican archbishop Peter Hollingworth denies that he failed to offer support to victim's family.
Australian Church's Sexual Assault Crisis Deepens
Former Anglican priest in New South Wales sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Tempering Expectations for 'Ultimate Stem Cell'
Plus: Martin and Gracia Burnham have been held for nine months and counting. And it's worth freeing them, despite what some are saying.
Final Solution, Part II
The Nazis planned to obliterate Christianity, too, according to newly published Nuremberg documents.
Russian Faithful Plunge Into Icy Water as Holy Act at Epiphany
Biblical events take on a special significance at Istra's New Jerusalem.
Theodore Rex
Is popular history getting a bad rap?
Two Years for China Bible Smuggler is Two Years Too Many—But It's Better than Death
Plus: Ralph Reed reportedly connects Enron to White House, and more horrible deaths at an evangelistic rally in Nigeria.
World's Religions Gather At Assisi to Reject Violence and Call for Peace
The Pope tells religious groups, Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again!
Southern Baptist Leaders So Upset About TNIV That Denomination May Abandon NIV
Plus: Hard ministry in Las Vegas, the other Christian music boom, and more stories from around the world.
Proposed Repatriation of Vietnamese Tribal Christians May Be Flawed
The government continues to persecute believers while giving a guarantee for the safety of returning refugees.
The State of the Faith-Based Initiative
One year after Bush outlined his plan to let religious social-service groups compete for government funds, little has actually made it through Congress.
Implacable Foes Find (Some) Common Ground on Faith-Based Initiatives
Diverse working group's recommendations represent the minimum, not the maximum, that is politically possible.
Who Has the Authority to Ban Satan?
Plus: Herod's death revealed, and the school flier that almost undid more than two centuries of religious freedom.
Intelligent Believers on the Big Screen?
What critics are saying about the portrayal of Christians in A Walk to Remember and The Count of Monte Cristo. Plus: The Mothman Prophecies, Kung Pow, and part one of a 2002 preview.
News of the Truly Strange
Taking offense in the land of absurdity
Comparing the Three NIVs
Meet the White House's New Director of Faith-Based Initiatives
Plus: New big life ethics stories, and many other articles from around the world.
Zion Haste
Does the passion of a few nineteenth-century Chicagoans still influence American policy in the Middle East?
Gong's 'Accusers' Claim Torture Induced False Confessions
Letters from imprisoned Christian women in China describe assaults with electric clubs
Coming Attractions
Books to watch for this year
Bible Smuggler Arrested in China
Egypt's new trial for Muslim-Christian riots in El-Kosheh
Academic Freedom, So Long As You Agree With Us
A Christian president denies Jesus' divinity, and why affluent whites are converting to Islam.
Chinese House Church Leader Granted Time to Appeal Death Sentence
Sentence likely to be commuted to imprisonment, but church remains in danger
Were the Nazis Bad Christians, or Anti-Christians?
China tells U.S. to butt out—it'll persecute Christians as much as it wants
The Adult Gospel
The average convert to Islam is 31 years old. Why does Christianity attract mostly teens?
Number of Americans with No Formal Religion Increasing, Survey Finds
Christian population drops from 86 percent in 1990 to 77 percent in 2001, says American Religious Identification Survey.
Murder and Marriage Most Foul
What critics are saying about In the Bedroom, Gosford Park, The Shipping News, Imposter, Lantana, Kate and Leopold, and How High
Israeli Government Changes Course, Halts Contentious Nazareth Mosque
Lisa Beamer's baby, the deaths of W.A. Criswell and Forrest Boyd, and many other articles from around the world
Hundreds of U.S. Soldiers at the Frontline to Free Burnhams
How much is living in sin worth? And other stories from media around the world
State of the Fragmentation
If society denotes a group with mutual interests and common culture, the American Society of Church History almost doesn't qualify
Carey Announces His Retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury
Decision creates opportunity to restructure position
Bishop Appeals For End To Violence In Zimbabwe
Political intimidation has mounted in the run-up to the March presidential election
Keeping the Dust on Your Boots
Remembering the Afghan refugees—and the church in Iran.
State Funding of Religious Recovery Program Ruled Unconstitutional
Milwaukee's voucher debate continues, more persecution of Christians in China, Chuck Colson's heir apparent, and niche marketing on the telly
Israeli Decision to Halt Work on Nazareth Mosque Faces Challenge
Government officials reportedly favor plan for a larger mosque at an alternative site
Indian Church Leaders Plead For Dialogue to Resolve Tension with Pakistan
Dispute follows last month's storming of the Indian parliament complex
Preaching Through the Bible
How I grew my church through 18 years of exploring the scriptures cover-to-cover
SBC Leader W.A. Criswell Dies at 92
Dallas pastor considered the father of modern conservatism in the Southern Baptist Convention
The Prolife Push
Young Life under fire in Burbank
Doctors, Lawyers, and CIA Agents
Are there any new television shows you should be watching?
Agreement on Faith-Based Initiative Puts Legislation Back in Senate
What happens when Unitarians can't learn how to be witches
The Year in Pictures
Memento, Moulin Rouge, and Monsters Inc. are among the year's most meaningful motion pictures, according to readers and critics. Also: reviews of Brotherhood of the Wolf and Charlotte Gray
Agnostic in Charge of Investigating Church Sex Abuse
Religious apartheid ended in Pakistan, a Denver church gives its pastor a standing ovation for leaving his wife and children, and other stories
Germany Bans Power for Living
Belfast fights over the legacy of C.S. Lewis's home, and many other stories from media around the Internet
Tell Me a Story
The most helpful church history scholarship is both broad and narrative
Czech Churches Protest Against Law Bringing Religion Under State Control
New legislation limits church projects, gives government jurisdiction over opening places of worship.
Dragonfly
A multi-genre film explores life after death—with maddening results.
Emperor's Club
The Emperor's Club transcends Dead Poets Society
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force
Tribulation Force will satisfy those who feel the movies are meant to explicitly preach the gospel.
Little Secrets
Little Secrets avoids theological lectures but delivers an engaging story.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding
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To End All Wars
Top 12 Christian Albums of 2002
Freelance music critic and writer for ChristianityToday.com Music.
Top 12 Christian Albums of 2002
Assistant editor of Today's Christian Woman.
Top 12 Christian Albums of 2002
Writer and co-director of ChristianityToday.com Music.
Top 12 Christian Albums of 2002
Music editor for Campus Life magazine.

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