Posts tagged "christianity"

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,...

Certainly, He Said

“Despite, or perhaps because of, the lack of historical fact about his motivations, Judas remains a fascination. ‘Certain traditions form around certain figures that appear in the Gospels,’” says Adam Becker, assistant professor of religious studies at New York University. “‘Those figures are tools for having conversations about certain issues. Later Christian conversations about him, which...

05 July 2004 Daily Links

“You have to change with the times,” says megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. “If Jesus were here he’d change with the times. He couldn’t ride around on a donkey. He’d drive a car.” And St. Peter, apparently, would lease a stadium in Houston… Kansas fundamentalists mark the dedication of New York’s “Freedom Tower”: “When the group began...

Shabbat Reading

Shabbat reading below; but first, a scooped report: Is muscular Christianity entering a new weight class? Yes — and you read it on The Revealer first. Now, from The New York Times:The Return of the Warrior Jesus. The Head Heeb is one of the few bloggers of any faith to pay attention to the alleged coup attempt in Sudan,...

The Book of LaHaye

Buried in a Christian Science Monitor report on apocalyptic Christians and those who preach against their doctrine is this sociological curio: “…one 2002 poll found that more Americans experience the Christian faith through radio, television, or books than by attending church.” The Revealer would like to know what kind of questions the surveyers asked — we suspect that...

Marxists for Christ

“A specter has been haunting Marxism,” writes Eugene McCarraher — “the specter of Christianity.” The heavyweights of Marxist academe (they still walk the earth) have gone and got themselves some God, reports McCarraher. None more so than the so-called “bad boy of theory,” Slavoj Zizek – whom McCarraher describes as “the godless theologian of our time, exhibiting all the...

Christianity

The Protestant press Christianity Today — Conservative evangelical ideas and news in a smart, thoughtful magazine — the New Yorker of evangelical publishing. Christian Today is an ecumenical, evangelical online daily with a global reach. World — Very conservative evangelical ideas and news in an angry, fierce magazine with a hard-to-believe veneer of sweetness — the Mike Tyson of evangelical publishing. An...

Don’t Go There, Jews

To the barricades, Christian soldiers: Christianity Today’s editors predict that Mel Gibson’s Passion “will provoke exactly the same number of anti-Semitic incidents as [Campus Crusade's] Jesus film: Zero.” Therefore, they write, Jews and Catholics had better stop griping — or else. This editorial, coming in evangelical Christianity’s most respected magazine, marks yet another disturbing turn in the Passion battle. CT says concern over the film “borders on anti-Christian...

“Europe is No Longer Christian”

Today’s New York Times features a front-pager on the decline of institutional religion in Europe by Frank Bruni. Running for a full page on the inside, it sheds as much light on the changing nature of “church” in America as in Europe — a perspective especially welcome in view of what may be the disintegration of American Episcopalianism...