October (Web-only) 2003

Pope Warns Archbishop of Canterbury of Unity 'Difficulties'
"Meanwhile, Rowan Williams speaks of a clear sense of limits in the Anglican Communion"
"Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Poetry, Prayer, and Parable"
The playful provocations of Scott Cairns
Baylor Reaps the Enlightenment Whirlwind
"Ultimately, the challenge to creating a top-level Christian research university lies in combating individualism gone awry"
Conservative Episcopalians Challenge Church Politics as Usual
"A Place to Stand conference combines unofficial convention, pep rally, and communiqué to Anglican leaders"
"Weblog: Supreme Court Rejects Bible Club, Grad Speech, and Fetal Homicide Cases"
"Ten Commandments on tour, a cross dispute in Florida, and other stories from online sources around the world"
"Film Forum: Critics Rocked by Jack Black, Gored by Tarantino"
Religious press critics attend The School of Rock, Kill Bill—Vol. 1, Out of Time, The Station Agent, and Wonderland. More reviews arrive for Luther, Secondhand Lions, and Matchstick Men. Plus: More Passion debate, farewells for Elia Kazan, a report from t
"Weblog Lite: Russian Orthodox Church Defrocks Priest, Razes Church After Gay Wedding"
"Church shooting during communion, human cloning issue goes to the U.N., and many other stories from online sources around the world."
Reimagining Anglican Bonds of Affection
Orthodox American leaders begin describing what realignment of the Anglican Communion might look like
Did Nobel Committee Ignore MRI Creator Because of Creationism?
"The faith-based initiative hold-up, freedom to worship at home, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Florida Bishop Defies Episcopal Church Head
The consecration of a new bishop becomes the latest battleground between Frank Griswold and the American Anglican Council
When Denominations Divide
The two-century-old Unitarian controversy suggests a grim prognosis for the current crisis in the Episcopal Church
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Back to the Future
A sprawling new novel by the author of Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon goes to the 17th century to investigate the birth of the modern world. (You won't be surprised to learn that the Puritans are among the Bad Guys.)
At Least Ten Christians Killed as Indonesian Violence Reignites
"Disciples of Christ leader takes leave of absence after sermon plagiarism exposure, and many more articles from online sources around the world"
Anglicanism's Communion of Saints
"Under the somber portraits of their predecessors, Anglican archbishops will discuss the fractious issues of the church and homosexuality"
Where Else to Go for News and Analysis of the Anglican Primates' Meeting
The best (and worst) articles and sites monitoring the breakup of the world's third-largest Christian body
Are the Cubs Really Cursed?
Are the Cubs Really Cursed?
J.I. Packer discusses curses, the Cubs, and the billy goat.
Buzz Says Anglican Primates Won't Expel Episcopal Church USA
"John Paul II celebrates 25 years as Pope, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
Why I Believe in Divorce
A disabled Florida woman's only hope to stay on life support is to divorce her husband who wants to pull the plug
Is The Passion More Violent than Kill Bill?
"Debate over Mel Gibson's film takes a different turn while religious press critics look at the Kill Bill—Vol.1, Intolerable Cruelty, Mystic River, Good Boy! and House of the Dead"
"Anglican Leaders Criticize Episcopal Church, Canada's New Westminster Diocese on Homosexual Actions"
"Future of the Anglican unity in jeopardy, they say, but don't break communion—yet"
Pre-Weblog: Early Responses to the Anglican Primates' Statement
Both sides seem happy as the Episcopal Church USA promises to go ahead with its gay bishop ordination
One-and-One-Half Cheers for the Anglican Primates' Statement
An interview with theologian—and longtime Anglican—J.I. Packer
Dispatch: Conservatives Just Got Clobbered
Last week's American Anglican Council meeting in Texas announced victory prematurely
Will the Next Pope Be an African?
"Sixty-four years ago, the Roman Catholic Church consecrated its first black African bishop. Is it time now for the next step?"
Should Christians Be Banned from the Military?
"The Pope's 25 years, the antireligious left, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
"Books & Culture Corner: I Shop, Therefore I Am"
"Critics of consumer culture are all wet, Virginia Postrel says. The riot of choices available to us resonates with our deepest aesthetic instincts"
Why the CARE Act Still Hasn't Reached Bush's Desk
": D.C. pastor fights off deacons, police to stay in pulpit amid allegations, Boykin apologizes, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Translating the Anglican Primates
"Interpretations vary widely on what last week's statement means, how forceful it was, and what's next"
The Countercultural Creed
What are Christians really doing when they stand up and say I believe?
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Reruns
"Terri Schiavo is no longer being starved to death, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
Will the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Save Lives?
Most prolife groups say the ban in itself is not what is important
Powell Predicts Sudan Peace by the End of December
"Bush comments on Boykin, Gibson gets a Passion distributor, this year's Hell House, and other stories from online sources around the world"
"Film Forum: Big-Screen Women Wrestle with Injustice, Mortality, Family Dynamics, and Chainsaws"
Critics review Veronica Guerin, Pieces of April, My Life Without Me, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Runaway Jury. Plus: More on The DaVinci Code, Intolerable Cruelty, Luther, Good Boy!, Kill Bill—Vol. 1, Mystic River, The Gospel of John, the DVD release
Are Anglicans Getting a Pope?
"The continuing tempest over Lt. Gen. Boykin, there's no underground church in China, and many other stories from online sources around the world"
John Paul II's Canonization Cannon
Why and how this pope has made over 470 saints
Italians Outraged Over Judge's Classroom Crucifix Ban
"It is unacceptable that one judge should cancel out millennia of history, says government leader"
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Troubled Conscience of a Founding Father
An Imperfect God examines George Washington and slavery
The Year of the Fish
The 2003 baseball season concludes with a bang—and 2004 is just around the corner
Ancient Christian Commentary on Current Events: What Is War Good For?
What early church leaders thought of Christians and the military
United Methodist High Court Reinstates Charges Against Lesbian Minister
"New internationalists redux, and other stories from online sources around the world"
Francis Bok Is Proof that Slavery Still Exists
"After spending 10 years in slavery, the young Sudanese man is telling his story to the world"
"Weblog: With Gay Bishop Consecration Days Away, D.C. Bishop Vows Same-Sex Blessing Rite"
"Anglican commission named, Gen. Boykin story keeps going, church ad rejected after initial acceptance, and other stories from online sources around the world"
ETS Leadership Issues Recommendations on Kicking Out Open Theists
Evangelical Theological Society's Executive Committee unanimously recommends Clark Pinnock stay; majority says John Sanders should go
Reuters Will Take Methodists' Ad After All
"Schiavo case goes back to court, Bush on ending abortion, Christian group sues U. Minn.,and other stories from online sources around the world"
Radio Gets Poor Reception
"Tolkien fans grab tickets to Trilogy Tuesday, and what religious critics are saying about Beyond Borders, Sister Helen, Scary Movie 3, horror movies, Brother Bear, other current releases."
Mike Yaconelli Dies in Truck Accident
The cofounder of Youth Specialties and The Door embodied Messy Spirituality
Not a Mercy but a Sin
The modern push for euthanasia is a push against a two-millenniums-old Christian tradition
Two Weddings and a Baptism
Two Weddings and a Baptism
It's still impossible to predict what will advance the gospel in Hollywood
Weblog Bonus: Bible Use in Sentencing Gets Case Reconsidered
Plus: More on Anglican troubles, Pat Robertson offends the State department and Morgan Freeman, and other stories from online sources around the world
VeggieTales Sold for $19.3 Million
Plus: Churches provide Halloween alternatives for varying reasons, aid groups protest national security approach to foreign aid, and other stories from online sources around the world.

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