Table of Contents

Cover Story

Losing a beachhead

Losing a beachhead

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Rob Koons, a University of Texas at Austin philosophy professor and a Christian, poured six years into development of a UT Program in Western Civilization and…

In this issue: "The Purge," Sept. 12, 2009

Features

Capital workhorse

Capital workhorse

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | DIED: Conservative columnist and pundit Robert Novak, whose work as a dogged shoe-leather journalist was hailed within conservative circles as "a beacon of…

Lutheran leap

Lutheran leap

By Alisa Harris

Religion | ELCA leadership agrees to allow practicing homosexual clergy though most in the pews object

The high cost of not counting the cost

The high cost of not counting the cost

By Timothy Lamer

Politics | New deficit numbers may provide a check on Obama spending

Looking ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Afghan apathy

Afghan apathy

By Mindy Belz

Afghanistan | Preliminary election results show an electorate that wants a break with the past-and no future on the ballot

After the halls

After the halls

By Edward Lee Pitts

Congress | August was the month of citizen protest; September will be the month of gauging legislative resolve on healthcare

How then shall we educate?

How then shall we educate?

By Amy Henry

Back to School | If they had not already made their choices, last month was decision time for parents throughout the United States: Public, private, or Christian schools?

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Kenai, Alaska, a National Historic Landmark on the east shore of Cook Inlet, 165 miles southwest of Anchorage. The church…

Mystery tour

Mystery tour

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Jeffrey Satinover's belief in deeper truths led to an appreciation for Christianity

Guarding the sheep

Guarding the sheep

By Mark Bergin

Religion | Ten years after a Texas massacre, some churches are looking out for physical, as well as spiritual, safety

Numbers crunch

Numbers crunch

By Alisa Harris

Back to School | The rise of charter schools plus attacks on voucher programs equals difficult times for many faith-based urban schools

Playing favorites?

Playing favorites?

By Emily Belz

Back to School | The good news: a religious school finally received approval for expansion in Virginia; the bad news: it's a controversial Islamic school

Mysticism for kids

Mysticism for kids

By Lynn Vincent

Back to School | Religion is making its way into the public schools-in the form of Transcendental Meditation and Kabbalah

Flu season that never stopped

Flu season that never stopped

By Daniel James Devine

Back to School | Swine flu's summer deaths have schools taking fall precautions

Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Alisa Harris

Back to School | Confessions of a homeschool pioneer

Creativity behind bars

Creativity behind bars

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle/Technology | Maine program shows what prison industries can do

Group giving

Group giving

By Warren Cole Smith

Charity | The Barnabas Group emphasizes community as key to successful investment

Dispatches

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

By The Editors

Memorable things they said

Notebook

Parallel passers

Parallel passers

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Return of Vick and Favre benefits the NFL's bottom line

Columnists

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Unquenchable optimism

Unquenchable optimism

By Andrée Seu

Looking for examples of authenticity? Go to the Bible

Don't head for the hills

Don't head for the hills

By Marvin Olasky

Doomsday predictions abound but there's work to be done

Rest stop reminder

Rest stop reminder

By Joel Belz

Why, against all evidence, are we giving so much power to government?

Sense and sustainability

Sense and sustainability

By Janie B. Cheaney

New movement aims to take campus radicalism beyond the classroom

Privileges all

Privileges all

By Mindy Belz

A healthy understanding of who owes what may help shape public debate

Culture

Oceanic adventure

Oceanic adventure

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Gorgeous animation, wonderful characters highlight Ponyo

Aliens and strangers

Aliens and strangers

By Megan Basham

Movies | District 9 succeeds as metaphor more than as smash-em-up action film

Notable CDs

By The Dead Weather, Dolores O'Riordan, Skillet & Mindy Smith

Notable CDs | Five new or recent pop-music releases reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Shoddy Shorts

Shoddy Shorts

By Toddy Burton

Movies | Film has colorful flourishes but wastes its talented cast

Eye for an eye

Eye for an eye

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Jews take on Nazis in ultraviolent revenge fantasy

Keeping it scripted

Keeping it scripted

By Megan Basham

Television | With reality shows ruling the four big broadcast networks, cable has become a home for high-quality dramedies

From Plotz to Podhoretz

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Two new books say much about contemporary American Judaism

Notable books

By edited by James L. Drexler, Steven R. Covey, Paul Lockhart & David L. Marcus

Notable Books | Four books on education reviewed by Susan Olasky

Mixed messages

Mixed messages

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New albums reveal much about two top Christian musicians

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