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December 2004 2004
Volume 48, Number 12
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New York's New Hope
From inner-city gardens, to fine-art exhibitions, to political activism, street-smart churches are changing the culture of America's largest and most dynamic city.
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Faith Amid the Muck
Christians struggle with island's latest disaster.
Post-Election Faith at Work
The next four years will not be a cake-walk for the pro-life, pro-family cause.
Liberties 'Violated'
California Catholic Charities ordered to pay for contraceptives.
Spitting on God's Image
Christians complain of assaults in Old City.
'Assault on the Jewish People'
New Presbyterian policy on Israel raises hackles.
Deaths, promotions, and other items from the religion world
Advice Rejected
Lambeth Commission report leaves church in disarray.
Deconstructing Gulags
U.S. evangelicals win key legislation for freedom.
Quotation Marks
Recent quotes on Amish voters, Christian politics in Germany, book burning, and the UK's abortion scandal.
Go Figure
Recent stats on salvation, black Protestants and gay rights, and evangelicals' political leanings.
<em>Christianity Today</em> News Briefs
Booting the Salvation Army, falling giving, and suing for rights.
Human Sacrifice Redux
How the church battles deadly prophets in its midst.
Lost Tribe Found?
Jewish group seeks return to Israel.
Q & A: Charles Krauthammer
Syndicated columnist has criticized George W. Bush and Tony Blair for advocating a foreign policy of democratic globalism in the war on terror. Senior news writer Tony Carnes asked Krauthammer to explain his position.
Canterbury Crackup
Eschewing church discipline has come back to haunt Anglicans.
Nightmares and Miracles
A good beginning to the long battle for human rights in North Korea.
Baptism + Fire
Suffering may build character, but ultimately it's not about us.
Faith, Fear, War, Peace
Snapshots of the grim and 'happy' ministry of today's military chaplains.
Cheated by the Affirming Church
Contrary to what some churches teach, it is homosexuality—and not its suppression—that enslaves people like me.
Why I  Return To The Pews
The church has often left me bemused, bored, or mystified, but I can no more abandon it than I can myself.
The Shroud's Second Image
New evidence reopens debate about the controversial relic.
From <em>Ewww</em> ... to <em>Wow</em>!
What a big difference a small spider made.
Word Become Flesh
Quotations to Stir Heart and Mind
Killing with Kindness
Why is the church against euthanasia in instances where people are in terrible pain?
Good Boundaries Make Good Christians
The difference between welcome and inclusion
Sloppy Inclusiveness
An interview with Caroline Westerhoff, author of Good Fences: The Boundaries of Hospitality.
When Backward Is Forward
Christmas may be the best argument against genetic enhancement.
Mythical Proportions
America is not so generous, free, and innocent as it imagines itself.
Roads to Recovery
Following God On Broken Legs
Good Grief
The School of Dying Graces says costly lessons lead to priceless wisdom.
Invitation to Paganism
The Vanishing Word laments the loss of the logos.
The Perfect Blend
An earthier version of a veteran musician brings heaven closer.
Tuning the Soul
All the Music of the Bible surveys melodies from Creation on.
Worldview Boot Camp
Evangelical young people need training in the truth about truth.