Monthly archive August, 2011

Communication Regulation, the Religious Right, and the Battle over Net Neutrality

This week the Obama Administration scrapped the Fairness Doctrine and 83 other media regulations.  Kathryn Montalbano examines the ongoing struggle over radio, TV, and now, Internet access and content. by Kathryn Montalbano In June Ralph Reed, conservative American political activist and, during the 1990s, executive director of the Christian Coalition, hosted the Faith and Freedom...

The Thing About Dominionism…

At The Wild Hunt Jason Pitzl-Waters gives us a wrap-up of all the Dominionism hoopla of the past few weeks.  It's a good summary and a great source if you're just now trying to figure it out.  Pitzl-Waters also goes directly to the most important aspect of this conversation:  how would the individual beliefs...

Dominionism: One More Response Response

Abby Ohlheiser: If the Book of Mormon and Romney's early campaign were a Mormon Moment, the past few weeks have been something of a "Dominionism" moment. Dominionism, a generalized term for a collection of Charismatic Christian movements that treat the structure and power of civil government, media, and other significant institutions as mission field,...

Dominionism Isn’t Just an Evangelical Thing

There's an awful lot of commentary about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Dominionism lately, thanks to Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann's prayerful entry into the GOP presidential race.  Most of it is not contextualized nor historically accurate, or like this odd retort--by A. Larry Ross, Billy Graham's long-time media representative, to a Michelle Goldberg column...

Sweet Heaven

My predecessor, founding editor of The Revealer, Jeff Sharlet, has a new book out that you should all run to buy, Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithless, and the Country In Between (W.W. Norton & Company, 264 pages).  The thirteen essays that make up the book examine varieties of faith, however vastly defined...

Inferiority Complexes

From "Fundamentalism Spring Eternal for GOP," at Washington Post by The Revealer founding editor, Jeff Sharlet:
Social conservatives, particularly of the Protestant variety, want out of 2012 what they’ve wanted since H.L. Mencken handed them a shellacking at the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925: respectability. Christian conservatives have either dominated American politics or shouted loudest...

Whose Heaven is for Real?
Or, Jesus Looks A Lot Like Kenny Loggins

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Lynn Vincent, Colton Burpo (Thomas Nelson, 2010) by Mary Valle Perhaps all you really need to know about this book is that it is for sale at my local discount supermarket, the un-mellifluously named Industrial Food Product...

Perry’s Cross-Section of the Body of Christ

by Abby Ohlheiser Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, hugged the praise musicians one by one as he took the stage for a second time at The Response two weekends ago, a day-long prayer and fasting rally in Houston, funded by the American Family Association (AFA).  He had amassed a crowd of over 30,000 who were happy,...

Moses, Making Introductions

Ashley Baxstrom:  Are you on Facebook? Do you like games? Are you a fan of Biblical lore? It’s your lucky day!California-based web gaming company, Hexify, launched a new game for the social media platform earlier this month, "Journey of Moses," which, according to one CNN review, is the first Biblically-based Facebook game.
Join an amazing...

Saved and Sacked; Fruits and Roots

Taking a qeue from William James (and the bible), David Bromwich asks if it's too late to examine the Obama-Bush presidency.  How has the first black president, who promised to return America to "the high moral ground" and by race and rhetoric signaled an allegiance to equality and justice, proven to be the perfect...

The UK’s Values, Re-Discovered

Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey professor of modern theology at the University of Kent and contributor to The Revealer, has a new article at at Open Democracy about Britain's examination of "values" in the wake of the riots.  Here's a clip:
Convincing moral visions for society cannot be created in ersatz fashion through...

Hollywood’s Magical Negroes

An excerpt from Roxane Gay's "The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods and Other Quaint Remembrances from 1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help," at The Rumpus: Hollywood has long been enamored with the magical negro—the insertion of a black character into a narrative who bestows upon the protagonist the wisdom they need to move forward...