Top ten religion stories: In 2001

1. Extremist hijackers wreak death and destruction, launching a U.S.-led “war on terrorism” deeply religious in roots and responses with opposing definitions of “evil” and “good.”

2. Heightened attention to Islam, especially improved relations with U.S. Muslims, with President Bush and mainstream churches at the fore.

3. White House efforts to win approval for faith-based initiative thwarted by church-state objections.