Monthly archive May, 2010

Panel May 27: The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era

As part of this year's Book Expo America at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, a panel will feature of The Revealer friends and family. The Future of Fundamentalism in an Obama Era Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:00PM - 3:00PM Location: Room 1E17 Why does American Fundamentalism continue to dominate the political landscape even though the power...

Uncomfortable Zionism

Peter Beinart published an article in the New York Review of Books last week, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," that, according to Religion Dispatches' Sarah Posner, "has the potential to create an intellectual earthquake." Beinart writes that American Jews have become increasingly divided between two distinct and un-nuanced positions: "naked...

Rand Paul and the Tsunami of Biblical Proportions

Probably the most astute journalist commenting on Rand Paul's sweep in Kentucky is friend of The Revealer, Adele Stan. At AlterNet, Stan writes that Paul's victory, "represents the first real toe-hold that the old lions of the New Right have really gotten inside the Republican Party proper," and puts his recent...

Defending Truth, With a Capital “T”

Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) -- the legal activist organization founded in 1993 by "a band of TV preachers and right-wing radio ranters" which now constitutes the strong arm of what I call the Legal Right -- is not taking the recent dismissal of a case they brought before the Idaho courts very well....

Within His Timeline

Billy Graham's children may not agree where he'll give his next - and likely last - sermon: in a Charlotte stadium or in a chair with a video camera. But the elderly evangelical patriarch thinks he's got one more in him.
Ruth Graham told the AP that her father "is doing great" and that...

Rodney Stark, Crusading

Were the Crusades all that bad that Bill Clinton had to apologize for them in the wake of 9/11? Is there a difference between crusading for spoils and crusading for souls? Nathan Schneider at Killing the Buddha points us to an interview with Rodney Stark at Patheos about his...

Orthodoxy Designed

An excerpt from the introduction to Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics and the ArtScroll Revolution, released this month by University of California Press
by Jeremy Stolow
Do you wish you could pray in Hebrew and understand what you are saying as you are saying it? Now you can, with ArtScroll’s Schottenstein Edition Interlinear...

The Vatican’s Moral Authority

Tony Crosthwaite writes us with an interesting observation and some history: One wonders if Rome's ongoing invitation for Anglicans to join it is like being welcomed aboard a sinking ship. Everyone can see the Vatican reeling as the scandal of child abuse and cover-up play out on the world stage. That this has weakened the moral...

This Fixed, Steady Twoness

by Scott Korb Whether he intended it or not Philip Pullman has written, most recently, a religious story. And insofar as The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a religious story, as the title suggests it is a Christian one. (Though, it’s true, as Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said, the...

Pontifigate: The Flaccid Sword of Priestly Justice

Mary Valle: Rapist priests! Good news! You can rape, abuse and lie all you want in the great lag time when your case is sent for review, investigation, further inquiry, empanelation and cooling on a desk in Rome somewhere. You may even be shuttled from parish to parish, which is convenient if you are...

What is the Public Square?

No longer the patch of pounded earth in the middle of town, is the public square the shrinking footprint of legacy media? Is it the more than 200 million blogs that exist in cyberspace? Is it the school board meeting? Or the assembly at our local high school? Margaret Somerville, director...

Insidious and Dangerous

Mary Valle: There's a battle of miter-wearers today in the HuffPost. In one corner, we have Mary Glasspool, the first openly lesbian bishop ordained in the Episcopal Church of America. In the other, Pope Benedict, calling gay marriage "insidious and dangerous." The American Episcopal church (most of it) is stepping up...