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'Baptized imagination'

by Andrew Coffin

Cover Story | COVER STORY: The creative men and women behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy didn't always accept or understand Tolkien's themes, but his worldview still…

In this issue: "Lord of the Rings," Dec. 20, 2003


Ground Zero, Iraq

By Mindy Belz

International | MILITARY: It's a guerrilla war out there, and nearly all of that trauma passes through the hospital doors at Camp Anaconda

No guarantees

By Mindy Belz

International | IRAQ: Postwar Iraqis are struggling to light their homes and fuel their cars, but few would trade today's hardships for yesterday's dictator



Bill Janklow speeds when he drives-shouldn't, but he does. U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.), speaking of himself in the third person during a 1999 speech in…

Quick Takes

Wait and hurry up Sean Leach of Jersey City, N.J., apparently had been too lazy to register his car-until a New Jersey patrolman pulled him over on Dec. 4.


By The Editors

Howard's end; Kerry's end game Many in the blogosphere state that Howard Dean is on his way to the Democratic nomination. Here's what Joshua Micah Marshall…

Man knows not his time

By Edward E. Plowman

Carl F.H. Henry was a towering thinker, educator, editor, and theologian who left an indelible imprint on the evangelical movement of the past half century.

The Buzz

By The Editors

Movies The final installment of the hugely popular Lord of the Rings series, The Return of the King, opens in theaters nationwide this week. The first two…


Buddhism's suffering saviors

By Marvin Olasky

Culture | It also seems that Christianity affected Buddhism. Early Buddhism was for monks only, and the classic goal was to achieve nirvana-union with the ultimate…

Echoes of Christ

By Marvin Olasky

Culture | FEATURE: WORLD, with other Christians, has called Christ's coming the fulcrum of world history. But Hinduism and Buddhism, the two ancient religions that grew…

Merry 'winter festival'?

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The exclusive claims of Christ make even the name of a popular holiday offensive to many

The young and the useless

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, the central figures in the hit reality show The Simple Life (FOX), are what the classic moralists condemned as "the idle…

Twelve is enough

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Watching the new family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen was an oddly exhilarating experience. On the one hand, it's a mostly unoriginal attempt to capitalize on a…


The Red Cross standard

By Joel Belz

Should society give moral approval to a lifestyle choice that disqualifies a person from giving blood?

Christmas treadmilling

By Marvin Olasky

Good reading while walking off the extra holiday poundage

Neo's mission

By Andrée Seu

A film character's path reminds us of the struggling and sinewy New Humanity that Jesus embodied


No kidding "They're not kidding" (Nov. 22) splendidly summarizes what I've known for a long time about the left. The way they attack the right (particularly…

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