Posts tagged "DEADLINE THEOLOGY"

Gay Marriage, This Instant

Writing about the fight for — or against — gay marriage means writing about religion. Yet most of the current coverage leaves religion out of the picture, not so much ignoring it as racing to keep up with the latest developments. A useful round-up of today’s news from New Paltz and Portland and Boston and...

Baptism in Iraq

More on the Mandaean water worshippers of Iraq, from Megan K. Stack of The Los Angeles Times: “When they want to find God, Mandaean Sabians wade into the murky waters, face north and pray in the Aramaic tongue they’ve preserved through the ages. Every Sunday, up and down the length of Iraq, they gather on riverbanks for weddings and...

Quindlen in the Middle

Anna Quindlen‘s latest Newsweek column is as earnest as ever, but there’s a refreshing edge brought on by a letter writer’s assumption that Quindlen’s liberal politics are a symptom of atheism. “Five of the seven sacraments (they won’t give me holy orders, and I’m not ready for last rites),” writes Quindlen, “10 years with the nuns, a church wedding,...

Cookie Monsters

There’s an intriguing round-up of sources at Christianity Today on news out of Texas that the baby-killing Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts has been stopped in its tracks. John Pisciotta, an economist at Baylor and director of an unfortunately named organization, “Pro-Life Waco,” led the charge against the cookie-peddling agents of abortion, reports The Waco Tribune-Herald. The conspiracy runs deep...

Tough Guys

Our post will be delayed today; in the meantime, study this line-up.

One Way (Or Another)

Republican, Democrat; red state, blue state; “Christian,” non-Christian… to this list of fuzzy distinctions beloved by the press, add this new dichotomy: “Great Command” vs. “Great Commission.” Writing in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Rev. N. Graham Standish labels the former — Christians guided by the Golden Rule — as “progressives” and the latter — gospel spreaders — as...

Get It? Got It. Good.

The Revealer welcomes some competition in the religion-press-critique business from GetReligion.org, a new blog edited by Doug LeBlanc and written, for the most part, byTerry Mattingly. The two bring an impressive range of experience to the task — LeBlanc, self-described as “a lifelong Episcopalian but also, by choice, an evangelical Protestant,” has edited religion coverage for secular dailies and...

Prayers Big and Small

The-God-of-Small-Things is a blog maintained by someone named Bob. As far as we can tell, it has one entry — a rebuke to The Revealer. And we thank Bob for it. The Revealer, writes Bob, focuses on “critiquing the big religion stories, but also miss the small ones.” As evidence of just such a small one — “religion...

Without a Peg

Faiza Saleh Ambah of The Christian Science Monitor concluded her five-part series on making the hajj yesterday. An hour after the last ritual, she writes, “squeezed in the back of the car returning to Jeddah, everyone around me is sleeping. But I am too scared to nod off. I have become very comfortable in this sanctified world of...

Ooga-Booga Christians

Are evangelicals real, or just a story to scare the children of the Upper West Side? 60 Minutes ponders, Wonkette investigates. As it happens, Morley Safer has a religion-smart producer in the person of Diane Simon, but Wonkette is right to wonder where the hell such gee-whiz memos come from. The Revealer, meanwhile, wonders why 60 Minutes turned to the Rev. Peter Gomes, a Harvard theologian, for...

What’s in a Name?

“Satanic hysteria” is such an interesting phrase, with so many possibilities. The coffee clerk who brought it up at a Revealer reading in Ann Arbor, Michigan, though, seemed to have only one meaning in mind, and a decidedly mundane one at that — she was concerned with what she saw as the media-made fear of Satanism. Not...

Anti-anti-anti-Catholicism

An exceptionally poor Associated Press report last week paired the news of a Catholic priest’s arrest in Ohio for growing pot with that of a priest in Iowa, sentenced to a year for kiddie porn. This is the grossest kind of religion reporting, and lends credence to the claim that anti-Catholicism is the new anti-Semitism, acceptable in polite company...