Monthly archive February, 2008

NYT: Stay Out of Our Pages!

Is the New York Times actually anti-abortion? In subtle ways, yes, argues Debbie Nathan in The New Republic, just like we all are. No, wait — just like anti-abortion conservatives want us to believe we all are. Nathan parses the process by which anti-abortion arguments such as the unproved “Post Abortion Syndrome” become the conventional...

The Cross & The Camera: the films of Gan Xiao'er

TODAY! Revealer readers in New York can get an inside view of China’s booming Christian culture and meet one of China’s most provocative filmmakers at a special event presented by the Center for Religion and Media (home of┬áThe Revealer)The Cross & The Camera: the films of Gan Xiao’er In the post-Mao era, religious life rarely...

Prophets of Moderation

Diane Winston likes The Atlantic's new religion issue. (Worst coverline ever: "Which Religion Will Win?") We do, too, but we can't help but notice that center-leftist Alan Wolfe and center-rightist Walter Russell Mead -- that is, two smart moderates -- both prophecy a coming great moderation. What a coincidence!

Missing: The "Right" Babies

Christian conservatives predict a looming catastrophe as birthrates fall in Europe and Muslim immigration rises. Kathryn Joyce reports.

Orgone Sounds Like?

If you happen to be in Vienna and in need of... stimulation, you'll want to visit Jewish Museum of Vienna's current exhibit on Wilheim Reich, mad scientist of psychoanalysis and inventor of the Orgone Box, for which he served two years in prison. Writes Gideon Lewis-Kraus at Nextbook: "It seems not to matter to...

Bishop Who?

Last September we noted the death of D. James Kennedy, a leader of Christian conservatism in America. More important to our concerns here at The Revealer, we noted the lack of notice Kennedy’s death received in the mainstream media despite the fact that Kennedy was an architect of the Christian Right with access to many...

Border Disputes in the Christian Right

strong>Sarah Posner, author of the new God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, has been doing some of the best reporting around on Huckabee's connections to the Christian Right. Like that's news, right? Well, it is...

Survey Says: Evangelical Democrats!

Smart religion writers have been complaining for awhile that exit polls don't ask Democratic voters about their religious affiliations. Now "Faith in Public Life," a center-left outfit, has done something about it. Robert P. Jones reports at Religion Dispatches. The implications are huge: In Missouri and Tennessee, one-third of white evangelical voters voted...

Save "Spiral Jetty"!

The artist Robert Smithson died in 1973 when a small plane malfunctioned while he was filming his masterpiece, "Spiral Jetty," from above. The piece is literally a landmark of conceptual art, a 1500 foot long, 15 foot wide counterclockwise coil, formed from mud, salt crystals, and rocks, that juts into Great Salt Lake. It's also...

Profit Mel

Somebody should have told Mel Gibson that he was supposed to share the 30 pieces of silver.

Hip Christians, pt. 345,678

Neela Banerjee on the new, wild and crazy Bible graphic novel. This time it’s manga, which has another precedent, the eight-volume life of Buddha by the genre’s grand patriarch, Osamu Tezeku.

God is a Monster

Gabriel McKee on sin and redemption in Cloverfield. The Revealer editors were reminded by a recent viewing of I Am Legend that horror and sci-fi movies are often the best religion journalism around -- documenting popular religious ideas, and fears, most of us lack the courage to express in more sober venues. For a...