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July 1, 2005 | Vol. 20, No. 26

Out of the ghetto

Christian publishers reach for a share of the secular market, mainstream publishers jostle for Christian market share-and readers win from the competition

FEATURES
Marathon men Military handovers begin next month-and Iraq's new army still has a long way to go
Birth of the biotech religion Scientists and ethicists explore the brave new frontier of cyborg citizens, transhuman democracies, altered embryos, and tropical hair
Chinese leaders say a new law protects religious liberty, but unregistered house churches seem to be facing repression as usual
Clerical mysteries The greatest mystery is why the genre's minister-detectives are so liberal
An upcoming Narnia movie means rich new book releases
'Mo-om, I'm bo-ored' Looking for reading ideas for summer-sated middle schoolers?
Virtue and its opposite Author Philip Caputo explores Africa, jihad, fanaticism, and faith
Breakfast with Bush The president makes the prayer breakfast rounds, the pope discusses unity with liberal Protestants, and other religion news
Blaze of Old Glory Showdown nears over how best to preserve the flag
Algae bloom takes the bloom off summertime rituals

CULTURE
MOVIES & TV

Batman Begins

The world found in comic books allows for bold contrasts between good and evil

Empire

ABC's five-part miniseries is a total rewrite of history
 
Notable CDs

Bestselling CDs

The five bestselling

NOTEBOOK
Money
Lost in cyberspace
Americans are gaining new tools to protect themselves from identity theft
Sports
Sports
This year's NBA Finals bombed in the ratings, down 27 percent from the first game of last year's finals