Monthly archive June, 2010

“It is clearly time for a miracle…”

Yesterday, reports CNN, was designated a day of prayer by Louisiana's desperate state senate.  The decision was made by unanimous vote last week as a reaction to the continued gushing of crude oil into the Gulf.  "Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail," state...

The Easiest Thing In The World

Mary Valle: I thought that the easiest thing in the world might be eating pudding or sleeping or watching TV, but I was wrong.  "The easiest thing in the world is to wait (to have sex) until you get married, and marry a virgin," according to gynecologist and Catholic sister Dr. Hanna Klaus, who is...

Evangelical Women Need Role Models Too

Newsweek's religion editor, Lisa Miller, contributes to the recent conversation about Sarah Palin's "feminism," but instead of parsing definitions (see also here and here for that), Miller tells us why evangelical women see Palin as a saint:  they hunger for a contemporary role model.  Miller opens the article with a recount of...

Religion Renaissance: Web Edition?

Stephanie Butnick: With the arrival of CNN's Belief Blog, Angie Chuang at Poynter asks, "Is the Belief Blog, and other online initiatives like The Washington Post's recently launched "On Faith," a sign of a Web-based religion journalism renaissance?" The answer? It's complicated. Readers have always been interested in religion news, but decreased...

The Reason for Special Babies

Thaddeus Pope, a professor at Widener School of Law and (the well-named) keeper of the site Medical Futility Blog writes today about a case of inoperable conjoined twins whose mother is opposing the hospital's reluctancy to continue periodic resuscitation efforts. The hospital is concerned that their efforts to keep the twin boys alive...

Expunging the Quran

An event was held in downtown Manhattan yesterday to protest the proposed building of a mosque on the World Trade Center site. Richard Bartholomew gives us a run-down of the event and surrounding commentary at his site, Bartholomew's Notes. He quotes Pamela Geller, executive director of "Stop the Islamization of America" and...

A Threat to Catholic Unity

In the June 18th issue of the Catholic publication Commonweal, the magazine's editors address a recent "remarkably defensive" letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "Setting the Record Straight," in which the directors of three of the conference's initiatives, Pro-Life Activities, Immigration, and Justice, Peace and Human Development, chastise those...

Pulling Up Roots

Stephanie Butnick: In Tablet, Ryann Liebenthal accompanies a group of French Jews as they move to Israel. After uprooting their lives in France, many face new challenges in Israel, Liebenthal writes.

Attack their Ideology

Malcolm Nance tells Rachel Maddow that the best way to defeat Al-Qaeda is to spread understanding of their doctrine throughout the Muslim world. They're a cult, says Nance, determined to radicalize Islam, not support Muslim governments and law as they exist. "Break their Muslim support," he says, by ending their manipulation of...

Going Straight for the I AM

By Scott Korb On its face, Marilynne Robinson’s tightly packed new book Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self may appear to be just another salvo in the ongoing war between religion (books) and science (books). And by temperament, my own sympathies typically lie with those...

Gaga for God

Stephanie Butnick: Pop culture phenomenon Lady Gaga, clad in suspenders and glasses, tells Larry King she's "very religious" and was raised Catholic. Meanwhile, Megan Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church, apparently not a fan of the outspoken singer, parodies Gaga's hit "Telephone" with a version titled "Ever Burn." And over at Religion...

Biggest Science-and-Religion Story of the Last Quarter-Century

Nathan Schneider, senior editor at Killing the Buddha, on his new article at The Nation, "God, Science, and Philanthropy":
As I’ve worked on questions of religion and reason, both in the academy and as a journalist, the John Templeton Foundation has been around every turn. As I called, corresponded, and visited with many of...