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July 8 2002, 2002
Volume 46, Number 8
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Double Jeopardy
"Former Taliban hostages Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer talk about the risks they took, the imprisonment they suffered, and their hopes to return to 'the hardest place on Earth.'"
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Cuba No Es Libre
"Methodist church members visit Cuba without a permit and face fines up to $7,500 each"
Jesus for President
A Brazilian election judge sues Jesus for early campaigning
Quotation Marks
"Comments on new internationalist evangelicals, Christian raves, censoring Jesus, and the clergy abuse scandal."
Is Male-Only Ordination Illegal?
"Lawyer could not be a priest, so now she is suing"
Go Figure
The majority of Americans say September 11 proved there's too little religion
Buffy's Religion
"Like her show, Sarah Michelle Gellar's faith is a hodgepodge of belief"
Seat Belt Salvation
Connecticut asks pastors to tell their congregations to buckle up
Banning Banns
Recent battles have led several pastors to suggest greater separation between church and state in matrimonial issues
Prison Rape Is No Joke
"As 7-Up pulls offensive advertisement, evangelicals continue to combat prisoner rape"
Gay Parenting On Trial
More homosexuals seek custody or adoption of young children
Bills Would Unmuzzle Churches in Politics
Legislation would allow houses of worship to directly engage in politics without losing tax-exempt status
Court to decide if state can require Catholic ministries to pay for birth control
Assualt on Purity: ACLU Claims Abstinence Program has a Christian agenda.
Louisiana official vows to wage a legal fight 'to the hilt.'
Assualt on Purity: How Effective Are Abstinence Programs?
Seventy-five percent of girls in the Best Friends program say they want to save intimacy for marriage
Power Shift: Canadian Alliance replaces lightning rod Stockwell Day.
New opposition party head Stephen Harper wants to be less divisive
"Watchtower Ousts Victims, Whistle-Blowers"
Jehovah's Witness members allege sect policy protected child molesters
Christian College Denied Accreditation
Agency troubled that Patrick Henry College teaches creationism in biology classes
Two Hostages Die In Attempted Missionary Rescue In Mindanao
Wounded survivor Gracia Burnham returns to Kansas after 376 days in jungle captivity
Martin Burnham: Willing to Go
"Family and friends remember the talented pilot, mechanic, and missionary to missionaries"
Ediborah Yap: The Almost-Forgotten Hero
The Filipino nurse could have escaped from Abu Sayyaf but stayed to care for the Burhams.
Give Us Liberty
Secular educators have it backward: faith statements promote academic freedom
Probable First Cause
The arguments of some academic philosophers are contributing to the plausibility of belief in the supernatural
From Afghanistan Aid Workers to Hostages of the Taliban
"Excerpts from Prisoners of Hope, the book by Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer with Stacy Mattingly"
How to Confront a Theocracy
The most effective way to address the human rights disaster in Saudi Arabia may be to let Muhammad do the talking
Patrons of the Evangelical Mind
"Why has evangelical scholarship soared in the last few decades? Native intellectual talent is one reason, to be sure. But an infusion of cash didn't hurt"
Why God Enjoys Baseball
A new book by Richard Mouw argues that we can glory in even unredeemed creation
The Uncommon Benefits of Common Grace
Does God only take delight in saving souls?
Prophetic Habits of a Sociologist's Heart
"Robert Bellah's career shows the promise, and limits, of the scholarship he made so accessible to the church"
The Long View: Why I Don't Imitate Christ
The Christian life is not a game of Simon says.
How to Deal with Criminals
Is there a biblical principle behind the punishment of those who break the law?
Remedial History
The educational establishment seems confused about our spiritual heritage
Quotations to stir the heart and mind
Light Sabers and Self-Sacrifice
Two recent films—a blockbuster and an unknown—show two ways of confronting evil
"Stretch Pants, Beer, and Other Controversies"
"A New Testament professor discerns the relative from the timeless in biblical texts on slaves, women, and homosexuals."
Feeling autonomous and proud? Then ponder the lives of sheep