Monthly archive May, 2011

Boehner’s Progressive Catholic Problem

E.J. Dionne, Jr. on the non-scandal that was John Boehner's address to Catholic University:
And the story broke from the stereotypical narrative the media like to impose on Christians in general, and Catholics in particular. If the headline is “Conservative Catholics Denounce Liberal Politician on Abortion,” all the boilerplate is at the ready. But when...

This is What Democracy Looks Like?
Making Sense of the Pew Poll on Egypt

Egyptians' arguments push us to rethink not only our conventional notions of secularism, but also our assumptions about religious politics. by Yasmin Moll The latest Pew Research Center poll results on Egypt are in, as Egyptians continue to debate what form the country’s nascent democracy should take in the wake of the January 25th Revolution.

Raptureless: What’s a Pastor to do
When Christ Fails to Come?

by Ari Stillman Christianity has mastered the art of being wrong. After all, it began as a reaction to the unfulfilled Jewish prophecy of the coming of the messiah. Its various traditions and uproots are rife with prophecies that have failed to come true. Given this 2000-year history of failed predictions, Christian leaders and theologians...


Revealer contributor Jo Piazza reports from Cannes:
This center has a crew that speaks five languages, consisting of Scientologists flown to Cannes from around the world. They mainly seem to spend their days hollering on the sidewalk, asking passersby if they can "show them something" inside the center, which is festooned with a sign boldly...

Von Trier Gets Jewish

Tablet's Liel Leibovitz catches up with the storm director Lars von Trier created at Cannes this week when he described himself as a Nazi; according to Leibowitz, sympathizing with Hitler "may be the most Jewish thing the director has ever done."

Return of the Exorcist

Writes Daniel Burke about the increase of exorcists in the U.S. Catholic Church at U.S. Catholic, "there are more exorcists in the United States now than at any other time in modern history, according to experts. More than 100 bishops and priests met in Baltimore last November to recruit dozens more."  He continues:

Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

Stephen Prothero measures the distance Franklin has fallen from the Graham tree.  It's old news by now that Sojourners and other progressive Christian organizations have a gay problem.  Hussein Rashid asks Muslims how they will treat LGBT people.  What do some Russian women see in Vladimir Putin?  Paul the Apostle, reports...

The Cult of Gaga

Jo Piazza: If you have any doubt that Lady Gaga has cultivated both an aura of the sacred and a near cult-like following you weren’t inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan last week when the pop star famous for making it perfectly acceptable to dress in raw meat performed for the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual Gala.

His Holiness in Newark

Our very own Jo Piazza writes for the WSJ on the Dalai Lama's visit to New Jersey for the Peace Education Summit.
Seventh-grader Mahishan Gnanaseharan wanted to look sharp to meet his Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday morning at the Newark Performing Arts Center. He spent more than two hours shopping for a pinstriped...

The Chinese Church

The Christian Century reports that China's Minister of State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuo'an, is in Nairobi for a visit with the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya to "enhance the relationship between the Anglican Church, the Global South Anglican Communion and the Chinese church."

We Were Born This Way

Is it really any surprise that religion's not going away?  It can't because we're born with it.  So says the three-year, million dollar international research project just released from Oxford University.  Nature or nurture?  Decidedly the former.  The project's co-director, Roger Trigg, told the Daily Mail:
'Attempts to suppress religion are likely to be short-lived...

After Bin Laden, A Call for Religious Freedom

"In short, every place where Osama bin Laden fled had either perpetrated or tolerated world-class violations of religious freedom and other human rights." -- Leonard Leo and Don Argue at The Hill