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July/August 2012
Volume 56, Number 7
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A Tale of Two Scientists: What Really Happened 'In the Beginning'
How two evangelicals—one a young-earth creationist, the other an evolutionary creationist—have lived out their faith and professions.
The Evolution of the Debate: Divided on Origins
We haven't always been this way.
Infographic: America's View on Evolution and Creationism
What the breakdown of opinions looks like.


Q & A: Marco Rubio on His Faith of Many Colors
The Florida senator's religious background takes many shapes, but he knows how it translates into policy.
The Gospel Is More Than a Story
Story is all the rage. Everyone wants to tell their personal narrative or to give the Bible a simpler and more relevant plot. Maybe it isn't such a good idea.
The Other Iranian Revolution
In 'godless' eastern Germany, Iranian refugees surprise pastors with their interest in Christianity.
Rejoicing in the Wrath: Why We Look Forward to the Judgment Day
You cannot have perfect justice without judgment.
Finding Jesus at Burning Man
How God used us at one of America's most hedonistic gatherings.
The Problem with ‘Incarnational Ministry’
What if our mission is not to “be Jesus” to other cultures, but to join with the Holy Spirit?
How Maya Moore Brings Style and Grace to the U.S. Olympic Women's Team
The basketball star hopes to add Olympic gold to the list of accomplishments.
Why Divorce Calls Children's Existence into Question
If we truly are social animals, nullifying a family has implications.
Gospel Goes Global
Soul Children choirs are popping up everywhere, even in the most unexpected places.
Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the May issue.


Why Gay Marriage Is More Than a Legal Issue
The marriage debate shouldn't drive us to outrage or panic.
The Cosmos's Best-Kept Secret
Who we really are in Christ.
The Hymns That Haunt Us
A newborn atheist just can't get the church's music out of her head.


Fighting to Die: Confusion About the Purpose of Martyrdom
Logan Mehl-Laituri dreamt of pacifist martyrdom in Iraq, but his reasons for seeking this fate are troubling.
Louis C. K. Disses Himself
Crass comedian's show, 'Louie,' is a self-critical social commentary that's all for social justice.
Should Churches Display the American Flag in Their Sanctuaries?
Observers weigh in on patriotic piety.
The God Who Is (and Isn't) There
Joseph Loconte contemplates the mystery of our Lord's hidden presence.
My Top 5 Books On Special Needs
Wilson's Bookmarks
Brief reviews of 'Four Views on Christian Spirituality,' 'Masters of Command,' and 'Roadside Panic.'
Rich Mouw on Why Evangelicals Need to Be Quick to Listen to Mormons
The president of Fuller Theological Seminary on 'Talking with Mormons.'
A brief look.
Go and Do
A brief look.
Where Sin Abounds
A brief look.


How to Drive Out Demons
Results from a new survey of 170 self-professed North American exorcists.
Important developments in the church and the world.
Go Figure
Quotation Marks
Foreign Adoptions in Short Supply
But demand is high as evangelicals adopt wider variety of children than ever.
Mixed Views on Vanderbilt Veto
Student groups divide over Vanderbilt policy.
Philistine Digs Define David and Solomon
Early Israelite dig helps define David and Solomon.
Retirement, death, and other changes in the church and the world.
Childproofing Churches
Daycare drowning renews regulation debate.
Should Pastors Be Guaranteed Job Security?
Observers weigh in.
Syria's Last Chance
As violence surges and diplomacy fails, Christians, Muslims, and Druze advocate for reconciliation and democracy.

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