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Cover Story

Sect apart

Sect apart

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story | Separating church and state is all the rage, but three communities show that the American tradition of religious cities lives on

In this issue: "A mighty fortress is our sect," Oct. 20, 2007

Features

Mystery man

Mystery man

By Warren Cole Smith

Iraq | Erik Prince and the U.S. government are keeping a lid on how they do a $1 billion-plus business together

In power's grip

In power's grip

By Priya Abraham

Pakistan | Musharraf plays Christians and Muslims against each other; despite election victory, military rule

Gunned down

Gunned down

Human Race | Christian bookstore owner found dead

God and woman at Patrick Henry

God and woman at Patrick Henry

By Marvin Olasky

Education | An outsider offers a thoughtful look at a Christian college

Gospel and grunge

Gospel and grunge

By Marvin Olasky

New York Journal | A week in a city filled with prodigals, but not without hope

Primary fallout

By Jamie Dean

Politics | The Democrats' hard line against Florida could soften the party in '08

Dispatches

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Bills, bills, bills

Bills, bills, bills

By Edward E. Plowman

Roberts goes defense on suit over lavish spending

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Hectoring parents

By Susan Olasky

Books | Two new books are designed to turn children into global warming nags, and two others give a different view

Burning Fire

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Abortion documentary turns up the heat on the debate

A town, a team, and a dream

A town, a team, and a dream

By Megan Basham

Television | With insight and depth, Friday Night Lights is radical in its realism

Cross out

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Elizabeth offers lazy caricatures

Notebook

Doctors' orders

By Daniel James Devine

Campaign 2008 | Hillary Clinton courts scientific community

Voices

The 'no-matter-what' factor

The 'no-matter-what' factor

By Joel Belz

Campaign 2008 | Negative images may keep today's front-runners out of the White House

A deadening ease

A deadening ease

By Andrée Seu

It took a job loss for Hawthorne-and for me-to get to work

Fiction with friction

Fiction with friction

By Marvin Olasky

Christian novelists should give readers salt rather than sugar

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

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