April (Web-only) 2005

Kidman, Kung Fu, Kutcher, Caviezel, and King's Ransom
Critics interpret The Interpreter, say A Lot Like Love is a lot of wasted time, get knocked out by Kung Fu Hustle, argue over Madison, and bury King's Ransom. Plus, a look back at the Vatican Top Ten Films list.
Houses of Horror, of D, and of '60s Idealism
Christian film critics consider The Amityville Horror, The House of D, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Down and Derby, and offer another review of Sahara.
Winter Solstice Earns Warmer Reception than Sahara or Fever Pitch
Christian press desert Sahara, applaud Fever Pitch, and cheer Winter Solstice. Plus, reviews of Saint Ralph, and more responses to Sin City, Millions, Million Dollar Baby, and The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Fighting Evil with Evil in Sin City
Christian film critics say Sin City's flashy, exhausting, empty; and Beauty Shop's no Barbershop. Plus, more reviews of Millions and Melinda and Melinda.
Minority Student Charged with Hate Crime at Trinity University
Confusion follows fear after minority students return to campus.
Justice Sunday Leaves Opponents Hopping Mad
Plus: Benedict's first full day on the job, Microsoft backs down on gay-rights bill, and more articles from online sources around the world.
'Justice Sunday' Challenges Filibustering Judicial Nominees
Plus: racist threats at Trinity International University, and Pope Benedict XVI begins his papacy.
Before the Smoke
Stuff we should have posted by now.
Aborting the Disabled
A bill before the Senate hopes to better inform mothers about diagnosed disabilities, while a study confirms that women can feel pressured to terminate their pregnancy if tests find a disability.
Saying Judges More Dangerous than Terrorists, FRC Recruits Pulpits Against Filibusters
Plus: County board doesn't have to allow Wiccan prayer, priest leaves Episcopal Church for druidism, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Christian Radio Host Fired For Discussing Pope's Salvation
Plus: Freshmen's fragile faith, Oregon court throws out gay marriages, Episcopalians will withdraw delegates after all, and other stories from online sources around the world.
How to Stop the End of the World
Plus: ELCA may allow gay pastors as Episcopal diocese bans opposition to gay bishop, Davidson trustees resign over non-Christian rule change, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Prelude to the Contraception Wars
Last week's religion news wasn't all about Pope John Paul II. A commentaryless roundup.
The Lovely Paradox of NFL Draft Day
It's an event of biblical proportions—and wisdom.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
XXX: State of the Union
From Film Neophyte to Movie Mogul
Before recently, Mart Green had never been in a movie theater, but he's the driving force behind two new films about the 1956 missionary martyrs in Ecuador—and the tribe that killed them.
Ratzinger's New 'Impossible Job'
What the new pope believes about the papacy, and whether he might change it.
The Gospel Truth
In the last 20-something years, black gospel music has experienced phenomenal growth, even becoming a big part of the mainstream scene. But is all that growth necessarily a good thing?
A Passion for the Christ
Thousands of college students attend Passion worship conferences annually. We talked to the guy behind it all, Louie Giglio, a former campus pastor with a heart on fire for God.
Women Against Wal-Mart
Sex-discrimination charges constitute the largest-ever class action lawsuit against a private employer.
The Game of Their Lives
The Interpreter
Anselm, Pope Benedict XVI, and Us
Why the medieval theologian is as contemporary as ever—and a blessing to evangelicals.
Desert Island Discs
We asked readers to compile their top 10 lists of DVDs they just couldn't do without—especially if they were stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere. Cast Away, anyone?
Upright But No Panzer Pope
Why he was chosen—and why he's no narrow-minded blockhead.
Conservative Evangelicals Say New Pope Speaks Their Moral Language
"He's going to hold the line," says Norm Geisler.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German, Is Pope Benedict XVI
"Simple and humble worker" had served as head of the Vatican office on church doctrine.
The Words of the Word
Two sharply contrasting perspectives on Bible translation.
Institute for Religion and Democracy President Diane Knippers Dies at 53
Stalwart against liberalism in mainline churches had colon cancer.
Documentary of a Hippie Preacher
A documentary about Lonnie Frisbee, a key figure in the Jesus Movement and the growth of Calvary Chapel, is making the rounds at film festivals. We talked to the director about Frisbee, who died of AIDS in 1993.
On the Horizon
Looking ahead to some of the most anticipated Christian albums for the rest of this year.
Uwe Siemon-Netto: Ignore History at Your Own Peril
UPI religion columnist decries the shallow Christianity of those who neglect the past.
House of D
The Amityville Horror
Divine Comedies
A report on Baylor's Art & Soul conference, version 2005.
Christian Research Institute Sues Longtime Critic
Hanegraaff says defamation must be answered.
The End of the World As He Knows It
Scriptwriter David Seltzer has penned Revelations, a six-part series loosely based on the biblical account of the last days, for NBC television. It premiers tomorrow night.
No Stones for Stapp
When a few of our readers bashed Scott Stapp for his recent alleged bad behavior, many other readers came to his defense. And no one seems to want to cast the first stone.
Pope's Funeral Spotlights Kinship Between Catholics and Evangelicals
Once antagonistic communities are now on the same side of several cultural issues.
The Prodigal Sports Fan
There is hope for the idolater.
Signs of the Reformation's Success?
Reformation scholar Timothy George discusses Pope John Paul II's historical significance and this 'momentous' era of Catholic-evangelical dialogue.
Fever Pitch
Kung Fu Hustle
Pope Gave Evangelicals the Moral Impetus We Didn't Have
Timothy George discusses how "the greatest pope since the Reformation" changed evangelicalism without us knowing.
Pope 'Broadened the Way' for Evangelicals and Catholics
Theologian Tom Oden sees continued cooperation ahead.
Pope Saw His Final Pain as Public Suffering
John Paul II embodied the "culture of life."
The Horrors!
Can Christians and horror movies co-exist in the same cineplex? Better yet, is the horror genre even redeemable? The author thinks so—but only if certain conditions are met.
He Was My Pope, Too
Now that John Paul II is gone, I am even more of an orphan than the Christians in the Roman church.
Pope John Paul II, Leader of World's 1 Billion Roman Catholics, Is Dead at 84
Third-longest papacy marked by a passion to evangelize the whole world.
Protestants Laud Pope for Ecumenical, Social Stands
He was 'unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years,' says Billy Graham.
How the Pope Turned Me Into An Evangelical
A Christianity Today associate editor recalls growing up Catholic in John Paul II's Poland.
Sin City
God of Infinite Worth

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