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The tragedy of Darth Vader

The tragedy of Darth Vader

By Tony Woodlief
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Movies | The recent release of the entire Star Wars saga on Blu-Ray reminded me how differently I see that story now. I was 10 years old when the original Star Wars came…

A prayer-free 9/11

A prayer-free 9/11

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to bar prayer from New York's upcoming 9/11 commemoration is to be expected from someone in the habit of making decisions…

Christians, immigrants, and liberty

Christians, immigrants, and liberty

By Tony Woodlief
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Immigration | I always thought people who claim to be conservative but who have little understanding of nor genuine commitment to what that actually means-which is to say a…

Christ haunted

Christ haunted

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | Suppose you were to take a church and begin tinkering. Make communion a symbolic, infrequent, irreverent sideshow. Stop teaching congregants the meaning of…

When Christians hate

When Christians hate

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | My first thought, upon seeing the horrific comments Fox News viewers claiming to be Christians posted on news channel's Facebook page in the wake of an…

Unconstitutional prayers

Unconstitutional prayers

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | They happen all the time, these small displacements of Christianity from the public square, like the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's recent slapdown of…

Christian terrorist?

Christian terrorist?

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | There's some hot debate right now about whether Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik is representative of Christianity, and of Christians. University of…

Greedy Bible profiteers

Greedy Bible profiteers

By Tony Woodlief
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Media | "Bald greed has no place in Bible publishing." This statement is from Will Braun, writing about Rupert Murdoch's recent ensnarement in a British media phone…

Preachers as politicians

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | I get nervous when preachers start to sound like politicians. You know how politicians like to talk in a way that suggests they stand for goodness, sweetness,

Less isn't always more

Less isn't always more

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | There's some discussion about the right length of time for a church worship service, with everyone from Anglican bishops to Protestant innovators calling for…

Life, liberty, and other forgotten things

Life, liberty, and other forgotten things

By Tony Woodlief
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Economy | July Fourth, in addition to being a day we don't go to work in favor of grilling meat and mowing the lawn and lighting fireworks, is the 235th anniversary of…

Christless corners

Christless corners

By Tony Woodlief
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Religion | Evangelicals, according to survey research conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, view secularism as a greater threat to…

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