January (Web-only) 2006
Christian, Native Cultures Collide in New World and Spear
Christian critics consider The New World, End of the Spear, Underworld: Evolution, Match Point, and Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. Plus, more reviews of March of the Penguins, Hoodwinked, and Glory Road.
Christian Comedian Hoodwinks the Box Office
Christian critics celebrate Hoodwinked! and Glory Road, and grumble about Tristan and Isolde and Last Holiday. Plus, more reviews of Grizzly Man and Munich.
"Horror Pornography" and a Drug-Abusing Grandmother
Hostel hurts, Grandma's Boy is wasted, BloodRayne's dead on arrival, The Ringer is OK, and Christian film critics are still considering Brokeback Mountain, Munich, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Gospel.
Spielberg's Serious Soul-Searching in Munich
Christian film critics review Munich, Fun with Dick & Jane, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Producers, Rumor Has It ...;, and Casanova. Plus, further reviews of Brokeback Mountain, Memoirs of a Geisha, and King Kong.
Worship—What We've Learned
A report from the Calvin Symposium.
Iraq Churches Attacked Again
Threats renewed against Christian Peacemaker Teams workers.
The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2005
What do exorcists, terrorists, caped crusaders, and a talking lion have in common? They're all characters in some of the year's most redeeming movies, presented here in our second annual list.
Conservative Christian Leads Unwieldy Canadian Parliament
Now comes the hard part for Stephen Harper.
Life is about more than minimizing pain and maximizing pleasure.
Are You My Sperm Donor?
Plus: Another Hwang turn, more small surprises, and other life ethics stories.
Christian Studio Explains Hiring of Gay Actor
The makers of End of the Spear didn't find out about co-star Chad Allen's homosexuality until after they offered him the job, and then they felt obliged to honor the contract.
Boston's Quiet Revival
Evangelical Christianity thrives in America's most Catholic city, at the heart of cold New England.
March for Life Marks Shift on Roe
Plus: 'Time' on the abortion battle in the states, Tulsa church tests 'Kelo v. New London', Benedict's first encyclical, Gordon-Conwell's new president, and more articles from online sources around the world.
A Nanny With Sense ... and Sensibility
Emma Thompson, perhaps best known for 1995's Sense and Sensibility, wrote and stars in what she now calls her proudest project, Nanny McPhee, opening this week.
Breeding Humans Like Rabbits?
From the frying pan into the fire.
Charles Marsh on Evangelicals' 'Mistaken Loyalty'
Plus: Police fire on Ethiopian Christian festival, Christian Coalition sued for unpaid bill, Baptist church with gay ministry disfellowshiped, and other stories from online sources around the world.
On Immigration Issue, Big Evangelical Groups Conspicuously Mum
Policy groups say they have other issues to focus on.
A Politician Explains the Faith
One hundred fifty years before C. S. Lewis, William Wilberforce wrote the 'Mere Christianity' of his time.
Influence Peddling, Extortion, or Both?
Pastor says HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy paid for support. Scrushy denies account.
End of the Spear
Review by Lisa Ann Cockrel
Suit Dropped Against California Missions Funds
Plus: Egyptian Muslims attack church, Vatican newspaper supports Dover decision, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Q&A: Justus Reid Weiner on Palestinian Christians
If they're not sitting on their suitcases, they've already left.
A Unanimous Supreme Court Decision on Abortion!?
Plus: Nagin apologizes, Calif. school will drop ID course, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Death Worked Backwards
End of the Spear, a new film about the 1956 missionary martyrs in Ecuador, is similar to the Narnia story in some ways, says Steve Saint, son of one of the murdered men.
A compelling memoir from the son of a priest and a former nun.
Supreme Court Upholds Oregon's Suicide Law
Says federal law regulates illicit drug dealing and trafficking, not "medicine."
Reaction to Oregon v. Gonzalez
What prolife groups are saying about the assisted suicide case.
New Orleans Mayor: God Sent Hurricanes, Wants City Black
Plus: Prosperity gospel in NYC, BTK exorcism denied, the state of abortion after the Alito hearings, IRS complaint filed against Rod Parsley and Russell Johnson, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Fifteen-year-old Q'Orianka Kilcher really got into her first starring role as the young Native American.
Pocahontas: Girl, Interpreted
The New World, opening nationwide on Friday, gives us another take on a fascinating and elusive figure in American history—including her conversion to Christianity.
N.Y. Court: Religious Groups Must Pay for Contraceptives
Plus: Human-rabbit chimeras, Catholic bishops push for Iraq withdrawal, more on Judas, Pat the "prophet," and other stories from online sources around the world.
Good News for Judas
Plus: Pat pulled from pet project, another ID lawsuit, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Erasmus's Revolutionary 'Study Bible'
The spiritual father of so many English Reformers died at the hands of the church he refused to leave.
Reformation Isn't Over at Wheaton
Plus: David Yonggi Cho under fire, Bob Russell leaving Southeast Christian, church that birthed gospel music destroyed in fire, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Coming to a Bookstore Near You
Marsden and Hart, Noll and Stout, and more.
Searching for a New World
Writer/director Terrence Malick's existential leanings and longings are on display in all of his films—and never more than in his latest, The New World.
The Prospects for 2006
Deeper into the (Christian?) biotech century.
John Piper Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
Plus: Excluding clergy jurors, Baptist leader resigns after arrest, TV critics pan Book of Daniel, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Campus Ministry Cambridge Style
The roots of InterVarsity and other evangelical college clubs.
Movies for Mommies
Reel Moms is a nifty program for parents and their babies—and if they cry during the flick, that's OK. But you'll need some discretion in deciding which films to see.
A Night of Tears
First joy, then sorrow in West Virginia. Theodicy gets a new layer.
Peter Singer Meets Dr. Hwang
The ethics of the Brave New World.
Ring Out the Old Year
Some highly subjective awards for 2005.
Books & Culture's Top Ten Movies
We open the New Year with a look back at the films of 2005. Here are the Top Ten lists of B&C regulars Roy Anker and Peter Chattaway.
Italian Trial Demands Proof of Jesus
Plus: Psychoanalyzing Lot, Haggard's e-mails with Mikey Weinstein, rescuing baby Jesus (times 25), and other stories from online sources around the world.
Florida Supreme Court Tosses Vouchers
Plus: Pope's first encyclical may try to "save eros," Indiana House drops official invocations altogether, prominent Okla. Baptist pastor arrested, and other stories from online sources around the world.
To Narnia ... and Beyond!
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe releases on DVD today, but it's not the only new Narnia disc worth watching. C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia is also worth a look.
X-Men: In the World, Not of It
The mutants are back, and Christians can learn some life lessons from them—especially about engaging a world that's not our own.
Rabbit Fur Coat
Tear Down the Walls
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
The Open Door
Post-grunge, gothic pop/rock
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions