Monthly archive February, 2008

One Nation Under Elvis

"Hound Dog," allegedly stolen by Elvis from Big Mama Thornton, was written by two New York Jews. One of the greatest icons of country music, considered by fools to be foolish, was the paradoxical Johnny Cash, theological fundamentalist, musical heretic, and politically a self-described "dove with claws" who opposed most American wars. Such are the...

Knight Chair in Media and Religion

Why should you read a website burdened by the unwieldy title of "Knight Chair in Media and Religion"? Because the woman in the chair is Diane Winston.

Rise of the Egg People

“Huckabee endorses ‘egg as person’ amendment” in Colorado, reports the Denver Post. The Post doesn’t mention that the proposed amendment has been rejected as extreme even by major anti-abortion groups. And that’s why this is news — off the radar of the election-obsessed press, Huckabee can lend legitimacy to initiatives that might not gain traction...

Baby Talk

TUESDAY: Revealer Kathryn Joyce will be talking on her forthcoming book, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, and two excerpts published in The Nation, “Arrows for the War” (on the Quiverfull movement, which pushes women to bear a “quiverfull” of fundamentalist babies for culture war) and “Missing: The Right Babies” (on “demographic winter” — the...

There is No God! (But If There Is, He's In On It!)

With the growing popularity of anti-religion / 9/11 conspiracy theory "documentaries" such as Zeitgeist, 9/11 Truthers are starting to get religion, writes the Seattle Stranger's Paul Constant -- and that's where they go really wrong.

My Bible, My Buffalo

Brett Grainger's Plymouth Brethren family revered manual labor and looked on books other than the Bible with mild suspicion. When, on September 11, 1988, Grainger's grandmother prepared to be raptured, she called his mother to say that she could have grandma's homemade preserves....

Don't Make the South Rise Again

Jeff Sharlet: One of the best magazines around, Oxford American -- a glossy quarterly dedicated to writing about the American South -- has just suffered a grievous blow: embezzlement. Their bank account nearly emptied. OA is in trouble. It's been in trouble before. Founded in Oxford, Mississippi in 1992, it folded in 2002; relocated...

The Party Faithful

Amy Sullivan is one of the most thoughtful champion of "faith-based Democrats," a growing wing of the party that seeks to reconcile public square religion with liberalism. She's an advocate of that approach, yes, but she's also a journalist who recognizes that to make her case she needs facts and persuasive arguments, not the kind...

We Guess That Means No Spring Break in Priština This Year

First Kosovo, then Westminster Abbey — the Mooslems will soon rule the world! Or so worries the sometimes-sane Rod Dreher. Christian conservatives are great proponents of democracy in the Muslim world — except when it’s, you know, democratic.

It's Gettin' Chilly in Here!

SEE Kathryn Joyce talk about her recent Nation cover story on the latest Christian conservative craze, “demographic winter.” (That’s a fancy way of saying, “Not enough Christian babies.”)

The Week in God (and Hardcovers)

A weekly review of reviews about religion and media.

By Jeff Sharlet

Reasons to Believe: John Marks, a novelist and former producer for 60 Minutes -- and a former evangelical -- can't find any persuasive ones in his new book, subtitled One Man's Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind, which Jonathan Kirsch,...

A new book from Revealer creator Jeff Sharlet

"One of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you'll ever read -- just don't read it alone at night!" --Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed