Table of Contents

Cover Story

Houses of cards

Houses of cards

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | With Jack Abramoff pleading guilty to illegal lobbying activities and pledging to talk about his fraudulent deals, questions grow for evangelical leaders…

In this issue: "God and mammon," Jan. 14, 2006

Features

A warrior’s last battle

A warrior’s last battle

By Marvin Olasky

Israel | Prime Minister Ariel Sharon waged war and abruptly left office while striving for peace

Battlefield justice

Battlefield justice

By Lynn Vincent

Supreme Court | Samuel Alito's abortion views have drawn fire, but other issues are also on the minds of his opponents and the president who nominated him

Mainline mess

Mainline mess

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | This year could see many Protestant denominations fracture

Beyond the Wardrobe

Beyond the Wardrobe

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | Narnia gatekeeper Douglas Gresham isn't surprised by success

Texas shootout

Texas shootout

By John Dawson

College football | Longhorns defy pundits, win the national championship

Endangered species

Endangered species

By Marvin Olasky

Interview | Author and expert field researcher Charley Dewberry wants to save science from itself

Lifesavers

Lifesavers

By Priya Abraham

Malaria | U.S. Agency for International Development announced it would realign its malaria funding for 2006

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Speed trap In a hurry? Not on one Swiss ski slope. Grindelwald, a Swiss Alpine ski resort, has enacted a 30 kph (19 mph) speed limit on one of its…

Quotables

"The notes said they weren't suffering, they were just going to sleep." Peggy Cohen, daughter of Fred Ware Jr., 59, one of 12 who died from carbon monoxide…

The Buzz

The Buzz

The latest on this week's biggest stories

Reviews

Notable CDs

By The Boomtown Rats, Roseanne Cash, Van Morrison, Bill Payne & Adrienne Young & Little Sadie

Notable CDs | Five (more) overlooked but noteworthy recordings of 2005

Brokeback Mountain

By Gene Edward Veith

Movies | Whether you are a creationist or a Darwinist, having children and struggling to survive are what's "natural"

Munich

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | Steven Spielberg has his own points to make here, and he uses the film's fictional protagonist to reflect his own ideas

Kong

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | Peter Jackson and his Weta Workshop crew again set the standard for convincing special effects that integrate seamlessly with a compelling story

Notebook

A happy new year

A happy new year

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Only a determined pessimist-or leader of the minority party in Congress-could fail to see the bright side of the U.S. economy

An epic, and tragic, season

An epic, and tragic, season

By John Dawson

Sports | The Colts flirted with perfection for so long, then everything went wrong

Voices

Think small

Think small

By Joel Belz

When confronting massive problems like African poverty, forget theme parks and golf courses

Ethical chic

Ethical chic

By Gene Edward Veith

Today's moralists want to construct rules to make them righteous without all that guilt

Finishing well

By Andrée Seu

A "retirement" community shows how not to fade away

DQ country

DQ country

By Marvin Olasky

A high Determination Quotient leaves less time for ice cream but more room for success

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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