Lisa Miller

Stories by Lisa Miller

  • Tony Blair's Dual Religious Idenity

    'Not many people of any religious faith fully agree with every aspect of the teaching of the leaders of their faith.'
  • Gay Marriage: Our Mutual Joy

    Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.
  • Beliefwatch: Pro-life Atheists

    Pro-life atheists insist that a human life has intrinsic value, even though they don't believe in God.
  • Beliefwatch: Communion Online

    'How can we provide authentic worship through the Web for people who are not part of the church?'
  • Page-Turner: "Buy-ology" by Martin Lindstrom

    Why do you choose Coke over Pepsi, Corona over Bud, Crest over Colgate? You don't think much about these choices, you say; your gut decides. Marketing guru Martin Lindstrom says otherwise. Your preference for Macs over PCs is embedded in your brain circuitry. In "Buyology," he shares the results of a three-year, $7 million study, in which he submitted 2,000 people to fMRI scans to explore what, exactly, happens in your brain to make you stand in line all night for an iPhone. ...
  • Obama’s Other Pastor

    Conservative, outspoken, and Houston born, this preacher and Bush friend is backing Barack.
  • New Billy Graham Movie Causes Family Rift

    The Evangelist Billy Graham turns 90 next month, and in this final chapter of his life, a number of laudatory books and movies are scheduled for release. One of these, a biopic called "Billy: The Early Years," arrives in theaters this week, and if the present family skirmish triggered by the movie is any sign of things to come, Graham's grown children still need to fine-tune their public-relations strategy.Gigi, who at 63 is the eldest of Billy and Ruth Graham's five children, endorsed the movie and wrote a positive blurb for its Web site. "The Early Years," which shows young Billy finding Jesus at a tent revival and meeting his beloved Ruth in college, is "very sweet," she told NEWSWEEK. "I've seen it 14 times, and I've learned something new each time." She likes the film because it presents her parents in a positive light and promotes a gospel message.But Franklin, the fourth child, who is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, does not agree. In August he made a...
  • Q&A: What Barack Obama Prays For

    Barack Obama talked to NEWSWEEK's Lisa Miller and Richard Wolffe about how faith plays into his everyday life. Excerpts: ...
  • The Evangelical Right in Disarray

    The leaders of the religious right don't have great affection for John McCain. They think he's too moderate on immigration, embryonic-stem-cell research and campaign-finance reform, and they think he doesn't do enough to promote his pro-life positions. (Article continued below...)That's where they agree. But as the 2008 general election unfolds, it's clear that their movement is in disarray—in a transitional period that could diminish its influence this cycle. For decades, right-wing kingmakers used their sway with voters to pick candidates and set a national agenda at the polls and in the courts. But McCain's candidacy has tamped down their enthusiasm, exposing fractures that make a rallying of the troops in the pews unlikely.The right's issues are mostly generational. The conservative Christian activists who came of age with the Rev. Jerry Falwell—and experienced in 1980 the exhilaration of electing a president who represented their values—are in their 70s. Falwell died last year,...