May (Web-only) 2005

Is Revenge of the Sith "a Masterpiece" or "Inexcusably Bad"?
Christian critics disagree in many ways over Star Wars, Episode Three. Plus, another prequel: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Star Wars Saga Reaches Its Darth Nadir
Christian film critics attack, defend Star Wars: Episode III—;Revenge of the Sith, and review Kicking and Screaming, Unleashed, Monster-in-Law, Mindhunters. Plus, more reviews of Kingdom of Heaven and Crash
Prejudice Drives Conflict in Kingdom of Heaven and Crash
Kingdom of Heaven has religious critics fuming about unfairly anti-Christian portrayals. Crash explores racial prejudice. House of Wax is a sticky mess. Plus: Reviews of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Hitchhiker's Guide Gets a Thumbs Up ...Sort Of
Christian critics mixed on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but slam XXX: State of the Union; plus, more perspectives on Dear Frankie, The Interpreter, and Melinda and Melinda.
Supreme Court Takes on Parental Notification Laws
Plus: Bush goes to Calvin, and stem cell bill faces White House veto.
Baptist Pastor Accused of Expelling Kerry Voters Quits
Plus: Al Mohler gets extremely misquoted, stealing a church, Georgia's abortion waiting period, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Christian Family Group Gives Up Nine-Year Disney Boycott
American Family Association ends Disney boycott. Light sabers are dangerous. Farewell to "Tony the Tiger" and the "Grinch" singer. And more.
Not All Evangelicals Voted for Bush. That's News?
The controversy at Calvin looked nothing like it played in the media.
Faith and Fighting
Author Stephen Mansfield says religious belief is critical to the soldier.
Preaching Augustine
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library came to my rescue in a homiletical emergency.
The Longest Yard
Indian Court Commutes Death Penalty for Staineses' Murderer
Christians worried as attacks continue with little interference from the government.
Grand Canyon University Downsizes Tenured Professors
First for-profit Christian college in U.S. says contracts were honored but not renewed.
The Universal Language
If Latin died in our mouths, we'd just stop talking.
What's so Radical about Orthodoxy?
Introducing Introducing Radical Orthodoxy and the project to "re-narrate" reality without the word secular.
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
How that fictional galaxy far, far away helped me better understand the very real galaxy that I live in right here, right now—and the God who created it.
Bush Commissions Calvin Grads to Serve
Pre-visit controversy gives way to cheers at commencement.
Bush Visit to Calvin College Exposes Divisions
Commencement address invigorates debates about the Reformed relationship to American politics and evangelicalism.
Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist
Mad Hot Ballroom
Yes to Yoga
Can a Christian breathe air that has been offered to idols?
Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Spirituality: Part 4
In his book, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies, author Roy M. Anker writes about finding meaning and morality in the intergalactic saga. Part 4 of 4.
Star Wars Spirituality: Part 3
In his book, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies, author Roy M. Anker writes about finding meaning and morality in the intergalactic saga. Part 3 of 4.
There's Something About Mary
How I made my peace with the Mother of God.
Dick Staub on the Star Wars Myth
Lucas's stories may have more in common with Hinduism than Christianity, but it's still True Myth, says the author of Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters.
Star Wars Spirituality: Part 2
In his book, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies, author Roy M. Anker writes about finding meaning and morality in the intergalactic saga.Part 2 of 4.
Star Wars Spirituality: Part 1
In his book,Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies, author Roy M. Anker writes about finding meaning and morality in the intergalactic saga. Part 1 of 4.
Jesus Music Goes to ... Morocco?
The recent Friendship Fest featured some of Christian music's top artists playing their songs for a crowd of some 85,000—mostly Muslims—in the North African nation of Morocco.
In Search of the Real Balian
In Kingdom of Heaven, Sir Ridley Scott turns Balian of Ibelin into an agnostic, but what do we know of the Balian of history?
Something Noble and Good
Professional sports is often boring, but real sports is not.
Kicking and Screaming
U.S. and Vietnam Reach Agreement on Religious Freedom
Hanoi promises privately to lift restrictions on Christians.
"Taken Up in Glory"
The Ascension has been forgotten in many Protestant churches, jettisoning an essential part of the Christian story.
Whose Side Is God On?
A Christian and Muslim talk frankly about the Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven, and what impact it may have on Christian-Muslim relations
Petra Calls It Quits
One of Christian music's most enduring rock bands decides to hang it up after 33 years, according to an exclusive news story at
The Real History of the Crusades
The Real History of the Crusades
A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics? Think again.
How Could Christians Crusade?
Why followers of the Prince of Peace waged war.
Kingdom of Heaven
Kingdom Come
Director Sir Ridley Scott, a self-described agnostic, and leading man Orlando Bloom, discuss their new film about the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven, opening in theaters Friday
An Optimistic Agnostic
That's how Green Day bass player Mike Dirnt describes his beliefs in this fascinating interview about faith, rock 'n' roll, Star Wars, and the claims of Christ.

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