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Culture and Media
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Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
By: Roger Olson
History is always written and taught from some point of view; no truly objective account exists. When religious figures' accomplishments are glossed over, we have an incomplete view of history.



What You Can Do When There's Nothing You Can Do
By: Sam Chaise
When news overwhelms you, you can have several reactions. You can avoid it, feel defeated by it or obsess over it. But when there's nothing you can do, you can lament.



How 1,000 Paper Cranes Remind You to Seek Peace
By: Leroy Seat
A monument in Hiroshima commemorates 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who died a decade after the atomic bomb was dropped. Today, many remember her every Aug. 6 through a tradition of folding paper cranes.




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How British Baptists Responded to World War I
By: Jonathan Barr
The outbreak of World War I shattered hopes for peace, of Baptists and many others, which had been maintained and nurtured even as the storms of war gathered offshore.



Baptists Around the World Avoid Cultural Groupthink
By: Sam Chaise
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering is a place where Baptist leaders can gather to avoid cultural groupthink and come to a deeper and richer understanding of their faith.



Human Trafficking: European Baptists' Anti-Trafficking Network
By: Marion Carson
For nearly a decade, the European Baptist Federation has worked to thwart modern-day slavery through its anti-trafficking network. While the work is overwhelming, God continues to be at work.



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As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals.



Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.



The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches
By: Leroy Seat
Many Christians supported World War I, which began 100 years ago today, finding it easy to use "fundamental tenets of the faith as warrants to justify war and mass destruction," a new book says.




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Church and Theology
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Is Peace on Earth Even Possible?
By: Chuck Summers
God's will is not being done in the world. Not even close. In God's kingdom, there is no place for the hatred, violence and killing that seems so prevalent everywhere we look.



Vision: A Watered-Down, Overused Word in Churches
By: James Gordon
Vision. It's a word that's been devalued. We use it in our churches for the latest good ideas, the currently fashionable ways of doing things, or to claim the high ground for our own agendas.



The Politics of Jesus: Compassion and Justice
By: Drew Smith
Jesus was a political figure, but not in the sense that he was involved in any political power system of his day. His message and his mission confronted the social structures of his day with the politics of God.




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"Godzilla"
By: Brock Ratcliff
The new "Godzilla" does not disappoint. The monsters look great, and the destruction is grand and thorough. This is no mock-up of Tokyo being trampled by a man in a costume. (Photo: Warner Bros.)



"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to go to your nearest theater and see "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," one of the best popcorn movies of 2011. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)


"True Grit"
The first "True Grit" focused on the legendary John Wayne. This new version by Joel and Ethan Coen focuses on a 14-year-old girl and what she'll do to make things right in a world of sin and loss. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)



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