Posts tagged "christianity"

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."

Lent in 140 Characters

Clint Rainey: Stephen Smith, at Bible Gateway, has for three years made an annual top-100 list and snazzy tag cloud with what Twitterers say they’re giving up for Lent. This year, he wrangled up 85,000 messages tweeted between March 7 and March 10. (March 9 was Ash Wednesday, the first...

The Burden of Disbelief

From a review by The Washington Post's Hank Stuever of  "The Sunset Limited," a new HBO show written by Cormac McCarthy:
The bigger revelation here is Jones, in total sync with McCarthy's words, bringing an understated, heavy-sigh sadness to the role of White. His burden of disbelief feels more real than Black's insistence on a...

He’s Not Heavy

"Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother." -- Alabama governor-elect, Robert...

80 Million Chinese Bibles

One quarter of all the bibles in the world were printed in China, with the government's support.  Can we still say that Chinese Communism is atheistic?

The Scandal Here, The Revival Over There

Not all Christians are down with Beck's interpretation of the bible and their purpose for America.  Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gets some Mormon-bashing on in his recent denunciation of Beck, delivered via an article at the American Family Association's onenewsnow.  Writes Moore:
Mormonism and Mammonism are contrary...

“Lacan Makes Freud Sound Like a Simple Valley Girl”

Regarding this video clip of NiteBeat's Barry Nolan interviewing Slavoj Zizek about his new book, "The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity," Jeremy Walton (Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, NYU Religious Studies) writes: This clip poses a number of urgent questions:  Why did Zizek agree to an interview with such a...

Sinful Tavis Smiley

Letters to Michael Getler, Ombudsman for PBS, after show host Tavis Smiley said that Christians were as responsible for a comparable number of terrorist attacks in the US as Muslims: "I am ashamed that PBS would sponsor the uninformed or outright lying as was perpetrated by Tavis Smiley on his recent program. In stating that...

Mistreating History

The Reformed Reader quotes Carl Trueman's 2008 book, The Minority Report, on the two "disempowering" ways that churches approach history:
An idolatry of the new and the novel, with the concomitant disrespect for anything traditional; or a nostalgia for the past which is little more than an idolatry of the old and the traditional....

Natural Christian Poetry

16 January 2006 Ever had the irresistible urge to see the culture wars put to tortured verse? To understand anew the debates surrounding abortion, evolution, and the fires awaiting a “post-Christian” Europe through the medium of Christian poetry? Well, then! Here you go: the poetical workings of Tom Graffagnino, Natural Christian Artist, at Without Excuse Creations,...

Christian Economics

30 December 2005 Better marriages, better savings, better tithing to build God’s kingdom. Oh, yeah, and less debt too. The News Leader, in Virginia, reports on the growing field of Christian debt-management, and obtains a few vague quotes about biblical mentions of money and possessions (a whopping 2,350, for whatever it’s worth), and the need...

All That I Have Is Yours

The scars of a Christian inheritance. (An excerpt from an essay in the December, 2005 issue of Harper’s, by Revealer books editor Scott Korb.) It was a cool, overcast Wednesday in the spring. I had left work by midafternoon and stood under the awning at my office with the smokers, out of the drizzling rain,...