November (Web-only) 2002

The Force Is Not With Them
The Force Is Not With Them
"Over 100,000 residents of Australia and New Zealand claim their religion is Jedi"
Entertainment: Jonah has boffo box office.
Entertainment: Jonah has boffo box office.
But Big Idea lays off 30 in 'heartbreaking' cuts
What Is Hip?
What Is Hip?
Let's not kid ourselves that salvation depends on the ability to discuss Austin Powers movies
Seize the Virtue
Seize the Virtue
The Emperor's Club transcends Dead Poets Society
Little Secrets
Little Secrets
Little Secrets avoids theological lectures but delivers an engaging story
Of Moths and Men Revisited
A Darwinian debate
James Ossuary 'Badly Damaged' en Route to Toronto
Sunday school teachers save the world
Interview: John Polkinghorne
The 2002 Templeton Prize winner sees the Bible as the laboratory notebook of the Holy Spirit.
James Ossuary Owner Revealed, Under Fire from Israeli Government
Last-minute electioneering, and other stories from online sources from around the world
Prolife Organizations Declare 'Significant Victory' in Elections
James ossuary display might be delayed, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Indian Christians 'Living in Terror,' Rights Groups Report
Accusations against priest lead to intense conversion pressure in Rajasthan
Editor's Bookshelf
Biology Class for the Church
Howard Snyder maps the genome of the body of Christ
Body Building
An interview with Howard Snyder
The Name-Tag Test
And other notable lines from Decoding the Church
USCIRF's Concern Is To Help All Religious Freedom Victims
The chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom responds to Robert Seiple's claims that it is only cursing the darkness.
Evangelical Leaders Criticize Chevrolet's Worship Tour Sponsorship
Ossuary owner Oded Golan emerges to defend himself, and other stories from online sources from around the world
No Presents, No Christmas?
Christian media critics respond to The Santa Clause 2, Frida, I Spy, Waking Up in Reno, Bloody Sunday, The Weight of Water, The Grey Zone, and the second Harry Potter film
Let's Get Metaphysical at the Damah Film Festival
Festival celebrates directors who explore spiritual experiences
Religion, Abortion Keys to Republican Wins and Agenda, Say Pundits
Faith injuries before faith healing at Benny Hinn crusade, and other stories from online sources around the world
An 'Ordinary Saint' in Wartime
William Wilberforce saw two long charitable campaigns through, even in war's distracting shadow
Weird Science?
A Darwinian debate continues.
Confirmation for Oldest Church in the World Find
Mob attacks Christian meeting in India, Nigerian government stands against Shari'ah, ossuary owner will go to Toronto after all, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Tornado Hits Union University
Blown out windows and demolished roofs but no injuries left in severe storm's wake.
White House Reportedly Asks Conservatives Not to Aggravate Democrats
Colombian bishop kidnapped, Pope allegedly targeted for assassination, and other stories from online sources.
Chris Rice
The author of Grace Matters talks about his friendship with racial reconciliation leader Spencer Perkins, his former coauthor and best friend
Confusion Over Promoting Marriage Among the Poor
What Would Jesus Drive campaign focuses on cars, not concert; Church of England and Catholic bishops weigh in on war with Iraq, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Hobbits, Wizards, and Rappers
A new version of The Fellowship of the Ring fills gaps and offers surprises. Plus what religious critics are saying about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 Mile, Femme Fatale, Far from Heaven, The Santa Clause 2, Family Fundamentals, and the film
Bush Indirectly Criticizes Pat Robertson on Islam
A Baptist college battle in Georgia, the new Roman Catholic sex abuse policy, and other stories from online sources around the world
Patrick Henry College Gains Pre-Accreditation
The faith-based initiative is dead, 700-year-old Mickey Mouse found, and other stories from online sources around the world.
From Swamped Creatures to Separated Brethren
Non-Catholics' spiritual status improved dramatically from Unam Sanctam to Vatican II, but where are we now?
45 Ministries 'Failed to Demonstrate Financial Transparency,' Says Watchdog Website
List may have financial consequences, but several named groups say ratings are wrong
Epicurus'—and Darwin's—Dangerous Idea
How we became hedonists
Churches Pray for Child's Resurrection
Paul and Oreta Burnham return to Philippines, James ossuary goes on display as new findings emerge, and the head of the Latin American bishops conference is freed from his kidnappers.
Connie Neal
The author of The Gospel According to Harry Potter talks about leading a friend to Christ through the wizard hero.
U.S. District Court Orders Removal of Ten Commandments
The wages of Jabez, faith-based raves, and more articles from online sources around the world
How Computer Nerds Describe God
The founding editor of Wired magazine explains his mission to talk about faith using the vocabulary and logic of science
Ten Commandments Dispute Leads to Debate on Defining Religion
How evangelical is What Would Jesus Drive campaign? And other stories from online sources around the world
Christian Critics Split on Second Harry Potter
Harry Potter's return reignites debate among religious press reviewers. Plus: Half Past Dead, The Emperor's Club, Far from Heaven, 8 Mile, and Tuck Everlasting
American Missionary Murdered in Lebanon
Woman murdered in Chicago after asking man about his homosexuality, and other stories from online sources around the world.
New York Times Blames Christians for Missionary's Death in Lebanon
CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper says Graham, Falwell, and Robertson are equivalent to Osama bin Laden, and other stories from online sources around the world
Wall Watchers Admits Error in Ministry Critique
In addition, three other organizations removed from group's Transparency Watch list
Dig that Billy Graham Cat!
How the grand old man of evangelism helped create Christian youth culture in the zoot-suit era
Evangelical Theological Society Moves Against Open Theists
Membership of Pinnock and Sanders challenged by due process
Subversive Literature
A report from Toronto, where scholars of religion are holding their annual meeting
Shorter College Splits From Baptist Convention Over Trustee Dispute
L. Venchael Booth, founder of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, dies
Bruce Feiler
The Walking the Bible author discusses why Abraham is central to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity
Muslims, Christians Blame American Missionary For Her Own Murder
Experts get a closer look at the James Ossuary, AIDS testing at church, and other stories from online sources around the world
Operation Christmas Child Oddly Criticized for 'Proselytizing'
Republicans in Congress set conservative agenda, and many other stories from online sources from around the world
Planet-Hopping Pioneers Ponder Virtue, Theology, and the Afterlife
What Christian critics are saying about Solaris, Treasure Planet, The Emperor's Club, Die Another Day, Friday After Next, Personal Velocity, Harry Potter, Fellowship of the Ring, and Bowling for Columbine
The Best of 1990-2000
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