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February 2012
Volume 56, Number 2
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The Best Ways to Fight Poverty—Really
The government is by far the best institution to raise the poor's standard of living. The church does something more important for them.


A Purpose-Driven Cosmos: Why Jesus Doesn't Promise Us an 'Afterlife'
Jesus Christ embodies the meaning of life, the goal of history, and the pattern of the future.
Finding God in the Sewers
Holocaust survivor story reveals the divine in the dark.
My Top 5 Silent Movies
A Rueful Meditation
Leonard Cohen sings of mortality and hope.


Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the December issue.
Evicting Churches from New York Schools
What will really happen this weekend when churches gather in school buildings for the last time?
How biblical is it to be pro-life and support the death penalty?
Honoring Life
The Other Prodigal Son
The Prodigal's coming-home gala was for both sons.
Recalling Francis Schaeffer's Challenge
With laser-like precision, Schaeffer hit on the fundamental issue of our day.


The Most Redeeming Films of 2011
Quiet, contemplative movies top the list. So put the popcorn down and pay close attention.
Critics' Choice Movie Awards of 2011
A mix of Oscar favorites and little-known indie films makes up our annual list. PLUS: Macho Christians in the movies.
Masculinity in the Movies
On the big screen, Christian men are rougher and tougher than ever.
John Stott: A Uniter and a Divider
A new biography portrays both the evangelist's triumphs and his frustrations.
My Top 5 Books By Charles Dickens
Celebrating Dickens' 200th Birthday
Schoolhouse Divided
Controversies over religion in public education are as old as public education itself.
Beauty Will Save The World
Rediscovering the allure and mystery of Christianity.
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Collected Ghost Stories,' 'Origins,' and 'The Dragon's Tooth.'
Community Chaste
It takes a church to lead people to sexual integrity.


The Price of Religious Advocacy in D.C.
More religious groups are spending more money on political lobbying than ever before.
Go Figure
Recent stats on atheism, celebrities, and denominations.
Quotation Marks
Recent remarks on brawling priests, advocacy in Egypt, and more.
Teaching Natural Theology
Pacific Islanders relearn God’s care as rising sea levels threaten the future.
Pink Stink: Komen Drops Planned Parenthood Support
Move comes after Bible spat, debate on breast-cancer activism.
Sex Offender Misstep Illustrates Outreach Difficulties
A law prohibiting convicted sex offenders from living near a public-school bus stop created complications for one ministry.
Out of Africa
Rwanda exodus shows challenge of global Christianity.
Next Planned Parenthood Fight
Pro-life groups target $487 million in taxpayer funding for the nation's largest abortion provider.

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How to Help
Character and cost-effectiveness.
Liberty Balance
Johnnie Moore mentors students at Jerry Falwell's university.