• Narnia Christian link played down | Cast and crew members of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have played down the significance of Christian symbolism in their version of CS Lewis's novel. Warning: This story contains plot spoilers (BBC)
  • The magic of Narnia | About 50 years ago, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, friends and fellow Oxford dons, wrote two of the most beloved and enduring fantasy series of books of all time, "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lord of the Rings," respectively. (Bismarck Tribune, N.D.)

Christians & Hollywood:

  • Hollywood missionaries | In a drive to boost revenues, American film bosses are targeting the country's 30 million evangelical Christians. And the religious right is proving only too glad to help them along. (New Statesman, UK)
  • Should Hollywood cater to 'Christians'? | And what in God's name does that mean? With 'Left Behind,' the right pushes the public into its definitions (Don M. Burrows, Minnesota Daily)

Religion & politics:

  • Conservative Christians strategize for '06 elections | Focus on the Family hosts a confab of leaders to talk turnout, gay-marriage bans and key battles to retain Senate seats. (Denver Post)
  • Protesters blast 'reverse Robin Hood' | Street theater imitated a medieval morality play Wednesday as opponents of federal budget cuts affecting Medicaid, food stamps and student loans gathered on the windblown county courthouse lawn in Billings. The withering criticism by a local Lutheran minister added to the chill. (Billings Gazette, Mt.)
  • Advocates call for immigration reform | A Florida association that provides child care and education to immigrants and low-income families celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday in Orlando by calling for immigration reform. (Orlando Sentinel)
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Launched in 1999, Christianity Today’s Weblog was not just one of the first religion-oriented weblogs, but one of the first published by a media organization. (Hence its rather bland title.) Mostly compiled by then-online editor Ted Olsen, Weblog rounded up religion news and opinion pieces from publications around the world. As Christianity Today’s website grew, it launched other blogs. Olsen took on management responsibilities, and the Weblog feature as such was mothballed. But CT’s efforts to round up important news and opinion from around the web continues, especially on our Gleanings feature.
Ted Olsen
Ted Olsen is Christianity Today's editorial director. He wrote the magazine's Weblog—a collection of news and opinion articles from mainstream news sources around the world—from 1999 to 2006. In 2004, the magazine launched Weblog in Print, which looks for unexpected connections and trends in articles appearing in the mainstream press. The column was later renamed "Tidings" and ran until 2007.
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