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Cover Stories


by Andrew Coffin

Cover Story | Get past all the controversy and hype, and the brutal film The Passion of the Christ turns out to be a very personal project of Mel Gibson's, reflecting his…

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No mere martyr

by Andrew Coffin

Cover Story | REVIEW: The self-consciously limited focus of The Passion of the Christ is both a strength and a weakness of the landmark film

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Caught in the middle

Cover Story | WITH MEDIA REPORTS ON MEL Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, often focusing on criticism of the film by some Jewish organizations and defense of it by…

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Jesus & James

by The Editors

Cover Story | ACTOR JAMES Caviezel, who plays Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, sat down with WORLD and other members of the press recently in Los Angeles. Here are some…

In this issue: "Mel Gibson's passion," Feb. 28, 2004


Welcome to the age of cloning

By Gene Edward Veith

International | BIOETHICS: After the South Korean breakthrough on human cloning, will the ethics be able to catch up with the science?

Wedding, Frisco style

By Lynn Vincent

National | GAY MARRIAGE: Courts had no speedy remedy for the San Francisco mayor's civil disobedience, but his bogus marriage licenses were thwarted by a paperwork…

For Kerry, two's a crowd

By Bob Jones

National | PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: Democratic voters narrow the field, but refuse to give front-runner Kerry the knockout blow he needed. That leaves Edwards the viable…

Kentucky: Bad portent for the GOP?

By The Editors

National | While Wisconsin grabbed the national political headlines on Feb. 17, it was another, little-noticed race that really captured the attention of Democrats on…


By Dan Perkins

National | Mouse trap? Wouldn't it have been great to be a little mouse hiding out in CEO Michael Eisner's office at the Walt Disney Co. the past few weeks? Of course,


By John Dawson

National | Boston massacred Reason 8,435 for Boston Red Sox fans to hate the New York Yankees: Where the Red Sox could find no way to find a deal to bring the game's…


By Chris Stamper

National | Peer reviewing software When secret formulas to Windows operating systems leaked onto the internet, it was a hacker's mother lode. Microsoft admitted the…

'Coffins of freedom'

By Mindy Belz

International | IRAN: Reformers may trip over ayatollah-rigged elections-but they can't rig turnout


By Mindy Belz

International | IRAQ: Iraqi leaders and U.S. officials race a Feb. 28 deadline to draft a constitution by the people for the people-but it won't be easy



By The Editors

A run-amok mayor The news that Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's mayor, was exercising "civil disobedience"by ordering marriage licenses for same-sex couples did…


By The Editors

eBay watch How much is a phone number worth? If it's "867-5309," the name of a 1981 hit song by Tommy Tutone, it's apparently worth $80,700. That's how high…


By The Editors

"Marriage has been undermined by divorce, so don't tell me about marriage." Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, denying that the issuance of marriage licenses to…

The buzz

By The Editors

IRAQ U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer last week said a redesigned caucus system or partial elections are among the "dozens" of options now on the table for…

Seoul: Will friendship with the U.S. survive?

By Priya Abraham

Just when America needed it, an erstwhile Cold-War ally splashed color onto a graying Iraq war image. In mid-February the South Korean assembly approved…


By The Editors

End run There is a worrisome and ominous message in Mindy Belz's quote of pastor Yousif Matty of the evangelical church in Kirkuk, Iraq, who observed that…


Calvary and the camps

By John Piper

Could Jewish suffering find its final meaning in the suffering of Jesus Christ?

Leaving out the Lord

By Joel Belz

Traditionalists' arguments show that we've probably already lost the debate over homosexual marriage

Modern Abimelechs

By Marvin Olasky

Lawless magistrates are writing a new book of Judges and Mayors


Marriage lite

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Civil unions, a popular alternative to gay marriage, could make real marriage largely a thing of the past

Providential programming

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | The assumption through much of the modern era was that life is meaningless, a worldview that manifested itself in literature and drama with absurd plots,

Forgettable flick

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | In 50 First Dates (PG-13 for crude sexual humor and drug references), Drew Barrymore plays a woman with a short-term memory disorder: When she wakes up in the…

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