October (Web-only) 2004

About an Abortionist
Mike Leigh's film Vera Drake impresses religious press with its treatment of a sensitive subject. Plus: The Grudge, Primer, Surviving Christmas, Spin, Stage Beauty, and more reviews of The Final Cut, Thé rèse, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Luther.
Cutting a Rug, Cutting Memories, and Cussing Puppets
Shall We Dance? has critics smiling, but not quite dancing. Plus: The Final Cut, Team America: World Police, and more reviews of I ♥ Huckabees and Shark Tale.
Duff Raises her Voice, Latifah Drives Her Taxi
Christian critics review Raise Your Voice, Taxi, Friday Night Lights, The Motorcycle Diaries and Bright Young Things; offer more on Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Shark Tale, Ladder 49, and Shaun of the Dead; and take a new look at the significance of Blade Runner.
Woman, Thou Art a Box Office Hit!
Woman, Thou Art Loosed scores with moviegoers, while Shark Tale flounders, I ♥ Huckabees philosophizes, and Ladder 49 burns brightly. Plus, more reviews of Wimbledon, The Forgotten, Mean Creek, and Silver City.
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The Gospel Truth About Disney
Two new books explore the spirituality of Disney's animated films, though each book defines "gospel" a bit differently from the other.
The Grudge
Sideways
Vera Drake
A Primer on Filmmaking
Is it possible to make a good movie for a measly $7,000? Yes. Shane Carruth proves it with his film debut, Primer, which is stirring up buzz-the good kind-at film festivals everywhere.
The Final Cut
Shall We Dance?
Movies that Move
The Spiritual Cinema Circle, a subscription-based monthly movie club, offers uplifting film fare for discerning viewers.
Friday Night Lights
Raise Your Voice
The Movie Director Who Made Me a Priest
In a fascinating and sometimes off-the-wall interview, David O. Russell, director of I ♥ Huckabees, challenged my thinking—but not my faith—and gave me a clerical collar.
Spain Wants to Be Free of Catholic Church
Plus: Mel's muse beatified, Bibles and creationism suggested for D.C. area schools, Britain prays for Ken Bigley, Sudan says U.S. hyping Darfur situation, and more articles from online sources around the world.
North Korea Human Rights Act a 'Miracle'
Michael Horowitz credits evangelicals with big role in passage.
Supreme Court Rejects Catholic Charities' Appeal
Catholic Charities and Roy Moore rejected by the Supreme Court. Plus: Pat Robertson in Israel, Woman, Thou Art Loosed, child porn scandals, and many more articles from online sources around the world.
Darkness Visible
An unsparing new memoir by the author of Slackjaw.
Judge Blocks Louisiana's Marriage Amendment
Law school professor says banning polygamy is hypocritical. Plus: Blair pressures Sudan, and Canada's Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage.
Turkey's Christians Hope EU Entry Provides New Freedoms
Plus: Courting the Catholic vote, Nigerian Anglican archbishop wants to start U.S. church, 30 states feared ready to ban abortion, fighting for Charlotte Wyatt's life, Billy Graham in Kansas City, and more articles from online sources around the world.
John Kerry—Bush and I Have the 'Same Position' on Gay Marriage
Plus: Judge rules Britain's baby Wyatt should die, 53,000 killed so far in Nigeria, pastor bites cop, Mideast Christians booted from U.S., Billy Graham in Kansas City, and more articles from online sources around the world.
Cockroaches and the Nicene Creed
To an accompaniment of whale songs, the worshippers glory in God's creation; there's no service quite like the annual blessing of the animals at St. John the Divine.
'Back-Alley Abortions' in the 21st Century
A British newspaper finds a late-term conspiracy between country's largest abortion provider and a Spanish clinic.
Supreme Court Will Rule on Ten Commandments Displays
Plus: Catholic bishops challenge Kerry as evangelical theologians criticize Bush, 110 Iraqi Christians killed, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: Whose Independence?
All the Founding Fathers of America celebrated independence, but what the word meant depended on who was speaking.
Shadowmancer, Other Taylor Books Burned
Plus: Bush's Dred Scott code, banning nuns' habits in France, Focus's Candidate wins, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Billy Graham Preaches Through Four-Night Crusade in Kansas City
George Beverly Shea, recovering from heart attack, misses his first crusade since 1947.
Is Tony Blair Converting to Catholicism?
Plus: Decoding religion-speak at the presidential debate, waiting for the shoe to drop on Anglicanism's future, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The Vanishing Act of the Church in Turkey
A church worn down by Christian rivalry and Islamic jihad hangs on in the land of Nicea and Ephesus.
Anglican Report Treats Conservatives Harsher than Liberals
News, predictions that commission would sanction Episcopal Church were greatly exaggerated.
Joyous Cursing
Was Dale Earnhardt Jr. right about profanity?
Five Baghdad Churches Bombed
More Christians are expected to flee the country as their numbers continue to decrease.
Anglican Primates Respond to the Windsor Report
What church leaders from around the world are saying about the Eames Commission and the future of Anglicanism.
Report Rebukes Episcopalians for Disunity but Declines Sanctions
U.S. church in limbo as conservative dissidents mull their options.
Disappointed Anglican Conservatives Mull Options, Threaten Revolt
Americans must belong to Episcopal Church, report says.
Climate Change Briefing Brings Together Christian Aid Groups
Rising temperatures will disproportionately affect the poor, say analysts.
In Memoriam: Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)
Remembering a philosopher who never forgot about death.
Windsor Report Leaves Conservative Episcopalians Hopping Mad
Windsor Report Leaves Conservative Episcopalians Hopping Mad
Stronger Action Needed, Say Global Anglican Leaders
The primates will add teeth to Windsor Report, conservatives predict, hope.
Anglicans, Blasphemy, and the BoSox
A ridiculously comprehensive roundup of religion news so far this week.
N.T. Wright: Anglican Report Is 'Fireproofing the House'
Top theologian on Lambeth Commission talks about what happened behind the scenes, whether the report should have been tougher, and why it's critical of some conservative bishops.
The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, 10 Years Later
Plus: Luther's loo located, the end of Urbana in Urbana, and other stories from online sources around the world.
What Else Pat Robertson Said
Plus: World Vision teams with Ricky Martin, Halloween hit from both sides, TBN update, and other stories from online sources around the world.
The Politicians' Patron
As the Roman Catholic patron saint of politicians, Thomas More is not quite a model for all seasons.
God and Kristof
Proof-texting the evangelicals.
Is It Worth Paying to Cut to the Head of the Line?
Locke squares off against Aquinas in the fast lane.
Africa's Anglican Bishops' Conference Begins Tuesday
Homosexuality and women ordination tops agenda.
Episcopal Church Officially Promotes Idol Worship
Women's Eucharist calls for worship of pagan deities specifically condemned in Scripture.
Books & Culture's Book of the Week: What's Love Got to Do with It?
Susan Howatch's new novel explores the transformation of sexual attraction to sacrificial love.
The Blogosphere's Favorite Real Live Preacher
The author of RealLivePreacher.com instant messages about the sudden success of his weblog.
Beyond the Episcopal Church's Pagan Eucharist
Plus: Bush speaks about his religion (and that of others), TBN cancels Praise-a-thon, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
'African Church Has Come of Age,' Say African Anglican Bishops
It now faces the dual threat of Western heresy and militant Islam.
Fundamentally Personal
At The Shawmut River Baptist Church, worship and preaching are saturated with the familiar, the at-home.
Episcopal Women's Ministries Responds to CT as Africans Respond to Windsor Report
In both cases, the question is what constitutes another religion.
The Evangelical Voting Gap
Plus: Bishop responds to pagan priests story, Godless EU constitution signed, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Courting the Catholic Voter
I Heart Huckabees
Ladder 49
Shark Tale
Woman, Thou Art Loosed

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