Table Of Contents
January 2012
Volume 56, Number 1
Read CT anywhere you go.
Subscribers have full access to CT's digital archives, including special issues. Download a PDF of this issue, or browse individual articles below.
About The Archives
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.
  • Print Issue
  • All January 2012 Articles

Cover Story

Cover Story: Election Madness
How to be political without losing your soul.


Jesus and the Goodness of Everything Human
Why it matters that God became the human prototype.
Blessed Are the Jobless
For millions of discouraged workers, the church can turn job loss into a gift.


Thou Shalt Not Abuse: Reconsidering Spanking
Misuse of biblical teaching on discipline can have deadly consequences.
Is Cage Fighting Ethical for Christians?
Observers weigh in on participating in or watching sports and violence.
A Pro-Life Plea This Election Season
The importance of remembering real women.
How the Physical Form of a Bible Shapes Us
Will the digital Scriptures speed the decline of family spirituality once fostered by family Bibles?


Commander and Chaplain: The Faith of Presidents
Gary Scott Smith explores how faith has influenced presidential policies.
Don't Worry, Read Happy: Alan Jacobs on The Pleasures of Reading
Why you can stop fretting over what you 'need to know' and enjoy those books that bring delight.
2012 Christianity Today Book Awards
Judges whittled 390 submissions down to 12 winners.
Lauren Winner on Divorce and Desolation
God's faithfulness sustained Winner when her faithfulness to God faltered.
My Top 5 Books on Christians in Politics
Picks from Stephen Mansfield, author of 'The Faith of Barack Obama.'
Strength in Weakness: The Bible, Disability, and the Church
People with disabilities are central to the mission of the church.
J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom on God's Will
Finding guidance for everyday decisions.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Renaissance People,' 'Enlightened Evangelicalism,' and 'The Making of the English Gardener.'
Calling All Callings: Amy Sherman on ‘Kingdom Calling’
Christians can build thriving communities by exercising their vocational gifts.
Six Indie Films You Won't Want to Miss
Arthouse movies from 2011 that didn't get the attention they deserved.


Go Figure
Recent stats on health, giving, and church life.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on the new English Roman Missal, macaroni and cheese, and more.
Top 10 News Stories of 2011
The events, people, and debates of the past year that have shaped, or will significantly shape, evangelical life, thought, or mission.
A Bilingual Bust?
Churches retool Hispanic outreach after recession impact.
Deaths, retirements, resignations and appointments in the church and in the world.
Counterterrorism Laws Hamper Humanitarian Aid
The red tape preventing relief.
Europe's Top Courts Are on a Pro-Life Roll
Recent rulings surprise observers.
As USCIRF Faces Possible Closure, Funding Divides Religious Freedom Experts
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is preparing to shut down.
A Crackdown on International Adoptions
The rate of adoptions in Ethiopia has declined 90 percent.
Christian Publishing Finds Success in China
Despite stringent controls, 1,300 Christian books are now available—legally—inside the communist country.

More from this Issue

Natural Length Reading: Christianity Today Launches eBooks
The magazine is now essential in another way.
Who's Next: Bethany Hoang
The director of IJM Institute for International Justice Mission shines the spotlight on modern-day slavery.