August (Web-only) 2013

Religion Runs in the Family
Religion Runs in the FamilySubscriber Access Only
Vern Bengtson’s research shows the surprising resiliency of faith as it passes from parents to children.
Os Guinness: Liberals and Conservatives Are Getting Religious Freedom Wrong
Os Guinness: Liberals and Conservatives Are Getting Religious Freedom WrongSubscriber Access Only
The social critic says a foundational human right really is under threat at home and abroad.
To Kill and To Save
To Kill and To SaveSubscriber Access Only
Two new documentaries explore the role of music during the rise of the Third Reich.
Closed Circuit
Closed CircuitSubscriber Access Only
A competent legal thriller masquerades as a critique of Big Brother government.
How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation
How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a GenerationSubscriber Access Only
We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel.
What About Eve?
What About Eve?Subscriber Access Only
Somebody’s missing from much of our study of original sin.
Jesus Loves Miley Cyrus
Jesus Loves Miley CyrusSubscriber Access Only
Everyone’s shocked and offended over her VMA performance. As Christians, we can offer another response.
The Women Who Sang Out for Civil Rights
The Women Who Sang Out for Civil RightsSubscriber Access Only
The heroines of the movement followed a call to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
David Lowery's Ballad of Outlaws and Lovers
David Lowery's Ballad of Outlaws and LoversSubscriber Access Only
A chat with the director reveals that his film "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" hearkens back to classic American obsessions, cinematic history, literature—and the Bible, too.
Why Do We Love to Hate Taylor Swift?
Why Do We Love to Hate Taylor Swift?Subscriber Access Only
Sweet or sexualized, young female celebrities get subjected to constant criticism.
Feeding the Pregorexia Epidemic
Feeding the Pregorexia EpidemicSubscriber Access Only
Our unhealthy expectations for new moms… and ourselves.
Why Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Be Religious
Why Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Be ReligiousSubscriber Access Only
And how our expectations for Christians in education are changing.
Coptic Christianity Meets the Modern World
Coptic Christianity Meets the Modern WorldSubscriber Access Only
How does an ancient, persecuted faith keep pace with political and cultural change?
The Transformative Heart of 'What Not To Wear'
The Transformative Heart of 'What Not To Wear'Subscriber Access Only
The long-running TLC series is much more than a makeover show.
The Quick Take for August 23, 2013Subscriber Access Only
THE BUTLER is big at the box office because of churches, BEN-HUR and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD are getting rebooted, and more.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Lee Daniels' The ButlerSubscriber Access Only
Juxtaposition—of a father and son, and of a country—captures some of the complex truth of racism and the civil rights movement.
The World's End
The World's EndSubscriber Access Only
Nothing says apocalypse like twelve pints in one night.
Max Lucado's War Against Despair
Max Lucado's War Against DespairSubscriber Access Only
How the story of Joseph helps us fight feelings of hopelessness.
The Prosperity Gospel Is Surprisingly Mainstream
The Prosperity Gospel Is Surprisingly MainstreamSubscriber Access Only
Mocked and derided across the cultural spectrum, the message of “health and wealth” enjoys wider support than one might imagine.
Called to Love the Whore
Called to Love the WhoreSubscriber Access Only
The church needs grace, too.
To Christian Women Under 40: We're Sorry
To Christian Women Under 40: We're SorrySubscriber Access Only
It’s time for women of faith to make amends.
Short Term 12: Law and Grace
Short Term 12Subscriber Access Only
The system is broken, but grace breaks through.
Hey Lady, Etiquette is In Again
Hey Lady, Etiquette is In AgainSubscriber Access Only
A new age of minding our manners.
The Craziest Statistic You'll Read About North American Missions
The Craziest Statistic You'll Read About North American MissionsSubscriber Access Only
An astonishing number of non-Christians in the U.S. and Canada don't know any Christians. Here's why.
I Won't Be My Baby's Only Mother
I Won't Be My Baby's Only MotherSubscriber Access Only
Othermothers, not-so-attachment parenting, and a vision for shared childrearing.
The Quick Take for August 16, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Our new weekly cheat sheet with streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
My Cross to Wear
My Cross to WearSubscriber Access Only
Christian icons are back in fashion… and more subversive than ever.
The Conjuring
The ConjuringSubscriber Access Only
Can a horror film offer rest for our souls?
Our Last-Ditch Summer Reading List
Our Last-Ditch Summer Reading ListSubscriber Access Only
If you can fit in just one more book, we recommend one of these.
David Rakoff, My Rather Unlikely Kindred Spirit
David Rakoff, My Rather Unlikely Kindred SpiritSubscriber Access Only
Kindness, healing, and humor, all done in lyric.
Does Where We Worship Matter?
Does Where We Worship Matter?Subscriber Access Only
What I learned from my church culture shock.
The Misguided Theology of Kindness
The Misguided Theology of KindnessSubscriber Access Only
Why George Saunders’s convocation speech misses the mark for Christians.
Our Experiment in Criticism
Our Experiment in CriticismSubscriber Access Only
Reflections from CT's chief film critic on what we're trying to do.
The Debbie Downers of Christianity
The Debbie Downers of ChristianitySubscriber Access Only
In a culture of constant discontentment, we struggle to realize that Christ is enough.
What the 'Six Types of Atheists' Mean for Christian Outreach
What the 'Six Types of Atheists' Mean for Christian OutreachSubscriber Access Only
A new study highlights important differences between nonbelievers. But they have many things in common, too.
The Quick Take for August 9, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Our weekly cheat sheet compiles streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
¡Vivan Los Evangelicos!
¡Vivan Los Evangelicos! (a CT classic)Subscriber Access Only
Hispanics are not only spicing up U.S. culture, they are fueling the greatest growth in the North American church.
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Elysium
ElysiumSubscriber Access Only
Heroes like this one are unlikely and unlikable and just like us.
The Church Welcome: This Time, With Feeling
The Church Welcome: This Time, With FeelingSubscriber Access Only
It's our job to create the friendly, open atmosphere of heaven… or at least Disney.
Reza Aslan Tells an Old Story about Jesus
Reza Aslan Tells an Old Story about JesusSubscriber Access Only
The author’s portrait of a would-be political revolutionary relies on outdated scholarship and breathtaking leaps in logic.
Briefly: Rising From AshesSubscriber Access Only
A quick look at a new documentary that's rooted in risk and delight.
The Myth of the Perfect Millennial Church
The Myth of the Perfect Millennial ChurchSubscriber Access Only
After searching high and low, this generation ends up just as lost as most of us once were.
You, Me, and the Heavenly Three?
You, Me, and the Heavenly Three?Subscriber Access Only
Why the Trinity can't tell us about gender. A response to Larry Crabb.
Not All Hispanics Eat Tacos
Not All Hispanics Eat TacosSubscriber Access Only
The 20 different Latin American nationalities represented in el Norte have significant differences in food, slang, values, and immigration history.
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Generation Gap
Generation GapSubscriber Access Only
Hispanic and white churches together must face the growing gulf between first- and later-generation Hispanics.
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Last Temptation Turns Twenty-Five
Last Temptation Turns Twenty-FiveSubscriber Access Only
Has the film that spurred boycotts—and one arson attack—stood the test of time?
Even Jesus Didn't Live Like a Christian Celebrity
Even Jesus Didn't Live Like a Christian Celebrity Subscriber Access Only
Our defenses of Christian fame fall flat when we look at the ministry of Christ.
Who Raised These Millennials Anyway?
Who Raised These Millennials Anyway? Subscriber Access Only
Boomers: Enough complaining about today’s generation.
DIY Gone Too Far
DIY Gone Too FarSubscriber Access Only
God didn’t create us to do it all ourselves.
2 Guns
2 GunsSubscriber Access Only
A huge, harmful, insidious, attractive lie.
The Second Coming Christ Controversy: Company with Ties to David Jang Buys 'Newsweek'
The Second Coming Christ Controversy: Company with Ties to David Jang Buys 'Newsweek'Subscriber Access Only
Media group that bought the weekly took part in regular Internet chats with Jang to discuss business.
The Quick Take for August 3, 2013Subscriber Access Only
Our new weekly cheat sheet with streaming picks, movie news, and a roundup of critics' responses to recent releases.
Must the Good Wife Always Stand By Her Man?
Must the Good Wife Always Stand By Her Man?Subscriber Access Only
Huma Abedin’s choice to stay doesn’t provide a template for unfaithful relationships.
Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church?
Why Welcome a Same-Sex Couple to Church?Subscriber Access Only
How congregations can reach out to people with same-sex attraction and remain committed to biblical human sexuality.
A Man's Perspective: The History of Lust
A Man's Perspective: The History of LustSubscriber Access Only
Our blame-shifting dates back to Adam and the Fall.
Spectacular Now, The
The Spectacular NowSubscriber Access Only
One of the best films of the summer is about real teenagers and learning what maturity means.

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