Posts tagged "christianity"

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,...

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...