Posts tagged "amy levin"

Serious Scientology

Gordon Haber reviews two recent books about Scientology at Religion Dispatches, Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban's The Church of Scientology.  (Read Amy Levin's interview with Reitman for The Revealer here.)  From Haber's review:
While there is something undeniably disturbing about The Church of Scientology, there’s also something fascinating about it. And maybe, if...

Immoral Halloween Temptations

Amy Levin: Last week, rushing through the Atlantic-Pacific terminal in Brooklyn, I passed my usual underground subway Jesus cheerleader, warning passersby about anything from the apocalypse to the dangers of evolution. Normally I take their pamphlets - I figure if you study religion, you might as well look twice when it’s standing right in front...

Sanctifying Wall Street

Amy Levin: Time for an update on #religion at #occupywallstreet? This week, Sarah Posner mediated a roundtable discussion with Religion Dispatches regular contributors highlighting particular religious moments of the occupy movement. Anthea Butler tells Posner says that Occupy Atlanta's refusal to let civil rights protestor and Congressman John Lewis speak was a reflection of OWS “becoming...

I Like My Guns and My Bible

Amy Levin: From suggesting that his tax code is modeled on Sim City 4, to the new twitter trend #HermanCainPizzaJams, Herman Cain has become quite the easy target. Putting my favorite track, “Give Pizza Chance” aside, much of the media seems to be just as confused by Cain as they are tickled,...

The Radical Notion that Women Experience War Too

Amy Levin: “[In] the new form of war that’s evolved since the end of the cold war where it isn’t two armies standing and facing each other, women and children really are the most effected by this type of warfare,” said actor Geena Davis in a behind the scenes looks at a new PBS series...

In Praise of Capital

Amy Levin:  Marching down Lafayette yesterday, surrounded by hundreds of #occupywallstreet protesters, I experienced what many in my shoes might call a “secular spirituality,” as we ritually chanted in exhilarated unison. “We are the 99%”--or as my cohorts and I chanted it, “you are the 99%”--occupied the street-as-stage, sending our...

Web Illumination

Amy Levin: Still think religion and technology don’t mix? It might be time to visit Sharper FX, Inc., a website design company specializing in “churches, ministries, and corporations.” Peruse through their sites and prepare to be dazzled by the flash animation and digitized sonorities, creating a sensual experience that is almost otherworldly. After all, “The...

Yet Another Lifestyle for Ted Haggard

Amy Levin:If you haven’t heard the recent Ted Haggard news (due to living in your closet, or Ted Haggard’s for that matter), the “disgraced pastor” has one more shameful sin to add to his long list: Celebrity Wife Swap. Ex-pastor of New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs, Haggard is infamously known...

Yoga’s Bondage

Amy Levin:  For most of us, it’s hard to wrap our heads around yoga - yes, this thing everyone is talking about, but also the details about how it got here, where it came from, and what the big deal is. Yoga has become such a part of our vernacular, and yet we seem to...

Romney’s Mormonism and the “Wierdness Quotient”

Amy Levin: If it wasn’t already, presidential politicking has stooped a little low. Curiously, Barack Obama’s reelection campaign informed Politico of their strategy to re-elect the “hopeful” incumbent: to make Mitt Romney seem. . . weird. Due to his fairly low approval ratings, the Obama’s campaign strategists are betting on a victory...

Who You Calling a Terrorist?

In Peter King's world, the battle has only two sides and only one winning strategy. by Amy Levin and Abby Ohlheiser  Lately media outlets have been telling us what Americans believe, from how much we think we should be taxed, to how much we like Muslims. Even how (much) we believe in God. What Pew or...

Science or Academic Atheism?

Amy Levin:  What happens when we give scientists the authority to speak about God? This was my first question when I discovered Jonathan Pararajasingham’s recent video compilation called “50 Famous Academics and Scientists Talk About God.” It's posted on Open Culture and the list of those featured includes 16 Nobel prize winners, including a...