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August 27, 2022 | Vol. 37, No. 16

The twisted self

Feelings as truth. Sex as destiny. The new cultural orthodoxy and how we got here


FEATURES
Living with a legacy

The bold faith of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot marked a generation of Christians, none more than their daughter

Abandoned in Afghanistan

A year after the disastrous U.S. pullout, Afghan allies are still in danger—and clinging to U.S. promises to help

Special interest

BACK TO SCHOOL | Christian schools struggle to meet the growing demand for special needs education

Classrooms in crisis

BACK TO SCHOOL | From famine to war, disruptions limit learning around the world


CULTURE
TRENDING

Just trying to be funny

TRENDING | Clean comics once set the tone for comedy, but now they swim against the tide of raunch

FILM & TV

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of Aug. 5-7

Easter Sunday

MOVIE | Despite its hopeful title, this film about a Filipino immigrant family is a missed opportunity

Bullet Train

MOVIE | Quirky, absurd Bullet Train isn’t as clever or funny as it thinks

Thirteen Lives

MOVIE | Ron Howard’s dramatization of the 2018 rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave reminds us we’re all in need of saving

Luck

MOVIE | In this entertaining story, random chance is a metaphor for life’s circumstances outside our control

Music

New and noteworthy

MUSIC | Reviews of four recent albums

Edge of the envelope

MUSIC | Fetching new music across three genres dabbles in division but would have been better without it

 
Books

One last jump

BOOKS | It’s a good time to revisit Band of Brothers

Justifying the Crusades

BOOKS | An uncritical defense of men who stood against Islam

Faith and second chances

BOOKS | Stories that (mostly) point to renewed hope

Children's Books

Mysterious reads with female leads

CHILDREN’S BOOKS | Four fiction books for young teens and preteens

PODCASTS

Evil exposed

PODCAST | Serial Killer tells the horrifying story of Kermit Gosnell


NOTEBOOK
Education
Enrollment rollback

EDUCATION | Public schools haven’t regained pre-pandemic numbers

Sports
Real women prevail

SPORTS | After a winning year in the pool, Lia Thomas loses out on prestigious NCAA award

Science
Galaxies far, far away

SCIENCE | Which is the farthest?

Business
All the rage

BUSINESS | The pro-abortion front’s new tactic is to target small businesses