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December 2009
Volume 53, Number 12
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Table of Contents 2009
The CT Archives are a rich treasure of biblical wisdom and insight from our past. Some things we would say differently today, and some stances we've changed. But overall, we're amazed at how relevant so much of this content is. We trust that you'll find it a helpful resource. - Mark Galli, editor-in-chief
More people than ever doubt that anyone has a corner on truth. So why do Christians keep insisting on the incomparable uniqueness of Christ?
Believers from Muslim backgrounds are trying to forge new identities in Islamic cultures. The debate over their options has grown furious.
Why, Lord, do you allow this time, of all times, to become for some a memorial of searing pain?
Joanna Quintrell brings the Christ alternative to alternative spirituality seekers.
Unraveling the Supreme Court's tangled view of public crosses.
American views of the Bible, God as King and Friend, and other recent statistics.
Recent remarks on faith healing, immigration, runaway Rifqa Bary, and the flu.
Churches try to balance grace and accountability toward sex offenders.
Colleges debate student newspaper rules as Internet spreads stories far beyond campus.
Internet-based lender inspires innovation in Christian microfinance.
President of Youth Specialties fired, Shane Hipps hired by Mars Hill, and other transitions in the Christian world.
Campus ministries swap pizza for compassion.
Robust support makes all the difference during an unplanned pregnancy.
Your responses to the October 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Death to deadly earnest discipleship!
What's the biggest change needed in how charities and federal agencies deliver aid to developing nations?
What the two genealogies of Christ, found in Matthew and Luke, are really trying to say.
We can't see God clearly without Jesus. O come, Emmanuel.
It's not just the problem of evil that baffles the secularist.
Book Reviews:
Author Dinesh D'Souza says new scientific thinking bolsters the case for life after death.
The Dickens classic is not just charming. It's also brutally realistic about the world, then and now.
Do even Christians operate from 'brazen self-interest' in interacting with others and with God?
In Deep Church, Jim Belcher says it doesn't have to be either-or.
The Spirit of Advent
Thomas Merton's letters, the law and theology of illegitimacy, and Victorian photocollage.
John Wigger explains how Francis Asbury left his fingerprints all over American Christianity.
Books, films, and music of note in December.
Music Reviews:
Dylan's holiday album a bust, but others catch the Christmas spirit.
Books, films, and music of note in December.
In Every Issue
Sometimes we need a break from the practical.
Matthew Lee Anderson's online ruminations go deep.
Why We Still Need Christian Colleges
Why We Still Need Christian Colleges
As the liberal arts struggle, we should rally around Christian campuses that still embrace them.