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Hobbits and Christ: The worldview of J.R.R. Tolkien

By Christina Darnell

Q&A | For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the Middle Earth imagined by J.R.R. Tolkien—and reimagined by Peter Jackson for the newly released film The

Who’s writing the new Christmas carols?

By Warren Cole Smith

Q&A | Andrew Peterson and Keith Getty talk about the new songs celebrating Christ’s birth

Supreme Court clears way for same-sex marriage in parts of Florida

By The Editors

Marriage | The Supreme Court declined to review a Florida marriage case today, effectively allowing same-sex marriages to begin in some parts of the state as soon as…

Atheists try to squelch the Christmas spirit in Indiana

By Daniel James Devine

Religious Liberty | UPDATE: The nativity scene in Brookville, Ind., will remain in place until the day after Christmas, said an attorney representing the city. Peter Breen,

A better way than enjoying failure

By Barnabas Piper

Sports | One of the weirdest and most unpleasant aspects of sports is a fan’s intense desire for opponents to fail. I have certainly been party to this sentiment,

All’s well in Warren

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Religion | I just got through to the secretary of the mayor’s office of the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., and asked her if there is a holiday display this year at…

Campus consequences of the sexual revolution

By Nick Eicher

Sexuality | With so much reporting lately—some of it reckless and shoddy—on the moral state of affairs on university campuses, I spoke with John Stonestreet of the…

Globe Trot: Iraqi Christians celebrate hope in the time of despair

By Mindy Belz

International | IRAQ: The displaced Christians in Iraq are bold with Christmas trees and other displays, despite the danger they face. “Don’t be surprised…

Top video games of 2014

By Drew Dixon

Technology | Video games don’t have to be mindless entertainment that bring out the worst in human nature. They can teach empathy, offer reminders of our need for…

Midday Roundup: FBI formally accuses North Korea of Sony hack

By Lynde Langdon

Newsworthy | Cyber movie mayhem. The Obama administration is taking seriously what may be the most extensive cyberattack in U.S. history. FBI officials announced this…

‘Grinch’ governor vetoes New York adoption tax credit

By Emily Belz

Adoption | NEW YORK—The New York legislature in June unanimously passed a bill providing a tax deduction for families adopting children out of the foster care system.

Should students be able to pass the U.S. citizenship test?

By Emily Scheie

Education | “How many U.S. Senators are there?” and “Why does the flag have 13 stripes?” Immigrants must answer questions like these to become U.S. citizens, and…

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