The convention floor was the village of The Scarlet Letter, where the elect and aspirants must name their enemies, expelled into the wilderness, in order to preserve the core of their society.
In an ongoing series of print and audio interviews, S. Brent Plate talks to experts about the field of religion and media.
Our lady in Tampa, Abby Ohlheiser, reports back from the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
by Amy Levin: Ever since Madonna and Tom Cruise carried the banner for Kabbalah and Scientology, respectively, New Religious Movements began frequenting the proverbial red carpet in religion news coverage more than ever before.
Intersections of Religion and Media: S. Brent Plate interviews Jolyon Mitchell, Rianne Subijanto, Diane Winston, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Benjamin Dorman and Stuart Hoover.
by Joe McKnight I am sitting alone in this living room with the father of black liberation theology. An interview with Union Theological Seminary professor James Cone.
By Amy Levin We hear about the black vote, we hear about the Mormon vote, but we seldom-to-never hear about the black Mormon vote (or black Mormons at all, for that matter).
By Becky Garrison According to ABC News/Washington Post polls, for the first time, strong public support for same-sex marriage exceeds strong opposition by a significant margin--with more African-Americans moving in favor, perhaps taking their lead from Barack Obama on the issue.
Reverse Mission: Transnational Religious Communities and the Making of US Foreign Policy By Timothy Byrnes. Georgetown University Press, 2001. 216 pp. by Frances Kissling Timothy Byrnes is an engaging academic political scientist who has written extensively and wisely on religion and politics, particularly the political role of the institutional Catholic church (see Transnational Catholicism in Postcommunist Europe, Rowman &...
By Alex Thurston This is the fourth post in a series on Islamic education in Northern Nigeria. The first post gave an overview of the series, the second discussed Qur’anic schools, and the third talked about “traditional” advanced Islamic education, noting that traditions change over time. This post examines “Islamiyya” schools,...
This post is the third in a series on Muslim schooling in Northern Nigeria. The first post gave an overview of the series, and the second discussed Qur’anic schools. by Alex Thurston In Nigeria, advanced Islamic education--the step following one's basic instruction in the Qur'an--takes various forms. Here, I'll examine the traditional settings for advanced...