Monthly archive May, 2006

Prayers for Oil

A small story that gets no press, because it’s wacky and kind of pathetic: D.C. prayer rally at a gas station for lower gas prices. Thing is, such prayers are probably not so uncommon — we’d like to know how widespread prayers for oil — the flipside of the anti-war slogan “no blood for oil”...

What If Rick Warren Were a Muslim?

Lamar Clarkson: Readers who like to think of the conservative wings of Christianity and Islam as fundamentalist twins separated at birth will be delighted to learn that the behavioral studies are in: Now that Islam has its own celebrity televangelist to make traditional messages more palatable, the Muslim world

Gimme A Medal

Sharlet: I’m a finalist in the national reporting category for the $10,000 Livingston Award for journalists under 35, for “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch,” in Harper’s. I’m delighted to see that Matt Power is also a finalist — I think for his Harper’s story on the attempt to reconstruct the Buddhas of...

Rolling Stone Revival

“Bush’s faith-based conception of his mission, which stands above and beyond reasoned inquiry, jibes well with his administration’s pro-business dogma on global warming and other urgent environmental issues…” — Historian Sean Wilentz, in a cover story on “The Worst President in History” (or close, says a majority of presidential historians), in Rolling Stone. “Rolling Stone,”...

Expose Yourself

The Revealer seeks new revelators. We've been weaned off the foundation teat, and we're all busy trying to feed ourselves with paying journalism. But we plan to keep on revelating, which means we need to deepen our talent pool. We're looking for three media critics to join our staff as contributing editors...

Bolt, Jesus, Bolt!

Sharlet: I'm late in noting Amy Sullivan's fascinating and important Washington Monthly report, "When Would Jesus Bolt?", the story of the growing dissatisfaction with the GOP in some evangelical circles. I spoke with Amy about her research while she was working on the story.

The Real Point of the Spear

An anthropologist examines faith and deception in End of the Spear, this spring's evangelical film controversy. By Lucas Bessire.

Blackwell for Lord High Priest of Ohio

The press is paying attention to last night’s Ohio gubenatorial GOP primary win of Ken Blackwell. If Blackwell wins in November — and he looks like he might — he’ll be Ohio’s first black governor. He’ll also be perhaps the most openly theocratic govenor since John Winthrop ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony as the right...

Workplace Gospel

The boundaries of religious expression in the workplace — a cause defended by an over-broad coalition that links religious minorities who wish to wear required religious clothing or hairstyles with conservative Christians seeking to proselytize their co-workers — become a little clearer this week with the ruling of a California Appeals court. The 9th U.S....