Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Economic destruction 101

Economic destruction 101

by Alex Tokarev

Cover Story Sidebar | How to undermine a nation in one presidential term or less

Cover Stories

House and home

House and home

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | Misguided efforts to make poor people homeowners led our financial system into crisis; Christian ministries show a better way

In this issue: "Bleeding economy," Oct. 18, 2008

Features

Houses of God

Houses of God

Houses of God | The Cowboy Church gathers at Blair's Riding Stable in Twinsburg Township, Ohio. The church meets on the last Saturday of each month, with a Bible study on…

A chemist and God

A chemist and God

By S. Joshua Swamidass and Shoba Spencer

Science | Henry Schaefer sees a natural nexus between faith and science

Supreme decisions

Supreme decisions

By Lynn Vincent

Law | In the first weeks of a new term, the high court meditates on bad words, Gnostic gambits, dolphin rights, and compulsory union payments

War on war

War on war

By Mindy Belz

Politics | Candidates spar over Iraq as the once-dominant campaign issue takes a backseat to domestic troubles

After the bloodbath

After the bloodbath

By Mindy Belz

Iraq | War is hell, but rebuilding Iraq's political infrastructure is no picnic. Organizers for provincial and national elections must combat mass migration,

Pulpit politics

Pulpit politics

By Alisa Harris

Religion | Pastors who endorse candidates fight to keep their tax exemption; others say that's not what the church should be about

After 1968

After 1968

By Marvin Olasky

Radicalism | The elites showered applause on a young radical in 1970, but the kudos prompted only resentment

Against the tide

Against the tide

By David Bahnsen

Personal Finance | Hudson City provides model for financial institutions in the current crisis

Banning & hacking

Banning & hacking

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Palin controversies raise questions about propriety, privacy

Influencing the influencers

Influencing the influencers

By Rusty Leonard and Warren Cole Smith

Charity | Hoping for cultural transformation at Ivy League schools

Morality plays

Morality plays

By Jamie Dean

Religion | What do Mormons, Catholics, and Jews have in common? They'll each play a vital role in swing states come Nov. 4

Evergreen rematch

Evergreen rematch

By Mark Bergin

Politics | Word that incumbent Democrats aren't supposed to lose this year hasn't yet reached the Pacific Northwest

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | CHARGED: A jury pool four times the normal size will report Oct. 20 to an Alabama courtroom to begin jury selection in a trial dating back to a 1965 killing…

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Keeping calm

Keeping calm

By Marvin Olasky

Economy | All of us have good reasons to refrain from panic during a financial crisis-and even a Depression

Global mischief

Global mischief

By Alisa Harris

United Nations | Proposals gaining steam at the UN concern freedom and life advocates

Eye of the storm

Eye of the storm

By Jill Nelson

Pakistan | Instability in Pakistan puts a region-and U.S. policy makers-on edge

Ballot business

Ballot business

By The Editors

Politics | An overview of ­hot-button measures across the nation

A tale of two reactions

A tale of two reactions

By Marvin Olasky

Politics | Dickens and Palin don't go over well at the Times

Dispatches

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Notebook

Poor man's playoffs

Poor man's playoffs

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The three teams with the highest payrolls are watching at home

Culture

Unconditional love

Unconditional love

By Susan Olasky

Books | Walter Wangerin Jr. says love for his son Matthew made Matthew's rebellion difficult, but Matthew says it's also what led to their reconciliation

Notable books

By Marilynne Robinson, Larry Beinhart, Ian Rankin & John Hubner

Notable Books | Noteworthy books about living in a fallen world reviewed by Susan Olasky

Iraq and beyond

Iraq and beyond

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Olivier Roy's The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East (Columbia Univ. Press, 2008) begins with the usual Bush put-downs but becomes interesting as Roy notes the…

Emergent critics

Emergent critics

By Marvin Olasky

Books | David F. Wells and others show the flaws in the market-driven church

Bill of goods

Bill of goods

By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway

Movies | Maher puts the ridiculous in Religulous

Master stroke

Master stroke

By Meghan Keane

Movies | Film shows spark of innovation, fight for justice

Prodigal daughter

Prodigal daughter

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Jonathan Demme gives moviegoers a little optimism

Swing and miss

Swing and miss

By Megan Basham

Movies | David Zucker's American Carol tries to hit too many targets

Columnists

Angell and devils

Angell and devils

By Marvin Olasky

We ignore the evil realities of human nature at our peril

'It's not fair'

'It's not fair'

By Vern S. Poythress

We need a God who is just

Who's getting framed?

Who's getting framed?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Reason goes to the sidelines in American politics

Africa for Africa

Africa for Africa

By Mindy Belz

And for Americans, too

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Songs on the Titanic

Songs on the Titanic

By Andrée Seu

Let's humble ourselves as Wall Street flounders

Umble pie

Umble pie

By Joel Belz

Little distortions we make have a way of adding up

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