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July 8 , 2002
Volume 46, Number 8
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Table of Contents 2002
The CT Archives are a rich treasure of biblical wisdom and insight from our past. Some things we would say differently today, and some stances we've changed. But overall, we're amazed at how relevant so much of this content is. We trust that you'll find it a helpful resource. - Mark Galli, editor-in-chief
"Methodist church members visit Cuba without a permit and face fines up to $7,500 each"
A Brazilian election judge sues Jesus for early campaigning
"Comments on new internationalist evangelicals, Christian raves, censoring Jesus, and the clergy abuse scandal."
"Lawyer could not be a priest, so now she is suing"
The majority of Americans say September 11 proved there's too little religion
"Like her show, Sarah Michelle Gellar's faith is a hodgepodge of belief"
Connecticut asks pastors to tell their congregations to buckle up
Recent battles have led several pastors to suggest greater separation between church and state in matrimonial issues
"As 7-Up pulls offensive advertisement, evangelicals continue to combat prisoner rape"
More homosexuals seek custody or adoption of young children
Legislation would allow houses of worship to directly engage in politics without losing tax-exempt status
Court to decide if state can require Catholic ministries to pay for birth control
Louisiana official vows to wage a legal fight 'to the hilt.'
Seventy-five percent of girls in the Best Friends program say they want to save intimacy for marriage
New opposition party head Stephen Harper wants to be less divisive
Jehovah's Witness members allege sect policy protected child molesters
Agency troubled that Patrick Henry College teaches creationism in biology classes
Wounded survivor Gracia Burnham returns to Kansas after 376 days in jungle captivity
"Family and friends remember the talented pilot, mechanic, and missionary to missionaries"
The Filipino nurse could have escaped from Abu Sayyaf but stayed to care for the Burhams.
Secular educators have it backward: faith statements promote academic freedom
The arguments of some academic philosophers are contributing to the plausibility of belief in the supernatural
"Former Taliban hostages Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer talk about the risks they took, the imprisonment they suffered, and their hopes to return to 'the hardest place on Earth.'"
"Excerpts from Prisoners of Hope, the book by Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer with Stacy Mattingly"
The most effective way to address the human rights disaster in Saudi Arabia may be to let Muhammad do the talking
"Why has evangelical scholarship soared in the last few decades? Native intellectual talent is one reason, to be sure. But an infusion of cash didn't hurt"
A new book by Richard Mouw argues that we can glory in even unredeemed creation
Does God only take delight in saving souls?
"Robert Bellah's career shows the promise, and limits, of the scholarship he made so accessible to the church"
The Christian life is not a game of Simon says.
Is there a biblical principle behind the punishment of those who break the law?
The educational establishment seems confused about our spiritual heritage
Quotations to stir the heart and mind
Two recent films—a blockbuster and an unknown—show two ways of confronting evil
"A New Testament professor discerns the relative from the timeless in biblical texts on slaves, women, and homosexuals."
Feeling autonomous and proud? Then ponder the lives of sheep
A Sixth-Generation Mormon Meets a Born-Again Christian
A Sixth-Generation Mormon Meets a Born-Again Christian
He asked me how I knew my faith was true. I couldn’t give a compelling answer.