Monthly archive April, 2008

Between the Motion and the Act

"Between the idea /And the reality," reads Omri Elisha's epigraph for his new anthropological study of evangelical compassion, "Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow."

The Revealer Jumps the Shark

By Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

Friends, we have a terrible confession we must make: We were wrong. In our mindbogglingly popular Left Behind series of prophetic novels, we told you that the anti-Christ would come in the form of a smooth talking United Nations liberal peace lover. But we were wrong, indeed. Friends, the identity...

Clinton, Coe, and the King

What do the king of Norway and Hillary and Clinton have in common? They’re both pals with Doug Coe, the “First Brother” of the fundamentalist network known to those in the know as The Fellowship and to those on the inside as The Family. Talk 2 Action’s Bruce Wilson does a better job than I...

The King of Norway Wants You to Buy My Book

All of The Revealer's Norwegian readers will want to look at Tore Gjerstad's front pager from last week's Dagbladet -- what, you don't read Dagbladet, the #2 daily in Norway? Get with it! -- "Hitler-beundrer p

Atheism Backlash, Part Two

Given that atheism's most visible champions are three smart boy writers -- Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins -- who delight in sharp retorts and cultivate bad boy images, it's hard to say that American atheism has come of age. But, according to a clever story in New York magazine by Sean McManus,...

Jesus Christ, Vegas Showgirl

What’s worse than Mel Gibson’s Passion? A biography of Jesus by the director of Showgirls. Next up: Brett Ratner directs Jackie Chan as an ass-kicking, wise-cracking Thomas Aquinas!

Cult Rock!

NPR reporter Jennifer Sharpe describes her journalistic immersion into the "ooga booga" of Father Yod's Source Family commune, the most beautiful cult of the 1970s. "After a few weeks, I started noticing a shift in my mental state. Father Yod's teachings unexpectedly began to resonate. Suddenly, it felt like the most natural thing in the...

Rightward Bound

Religious right watcher Bill Berkowitz, whose work we’ve touted before, joined two scholars we admire — Bruce Schulman and Paul Starr — and a third who’s new to us — Julian Zelizer — at Princeton University for a panel discussion titled “Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, and What That Means in 2008.”...

Fanfare for the Common Man

Newsweek‘s cover story this week depicts a remote community of frustrated, working class folk facing dim economic prospects and a world that seems to have forgotten their community’s glory days. In response, reports Newsweek, many of these people delve deeper into their faith and develop hostility toward those who don’t share it. Far removed from...

FundamentaList Faultlines

Nobody's doing a better job than The American Prospect's Sarah Posner at tracking the fault lines splitting the old Christian Right. Her weekly "FundamentaList" ought to be a must-read for political reporters as well as religion writers, and for curious conservatives as well The American Prospect's liberal base. This week? An upcoming, still-secret "evangelical...

Bishop Tom's Clever Fundamentalism

Leave it to the Anglicans to make biblical literalism sound thoughtful. Sholto Byrnes in New Statesman on Britain’s cleverest fundamentalist, Bishop Tom.

Ring Those Bells

“Art demands detachment,” writes Leon Wieseltier, “but religion forbids it.” Huh? That’s about as narrow a conception of both as we can imagine, but Wieseltier is broader-minded when it comes to the Muslim call to prayer broadcast in Harvard Yard…