Posts tagged "evangelicalism"

Proselytize, Evangelize

06 February 2006 Attorneys defending the Air Force against charges of religious discrimination at the Colorado Springs Air Force Academy have asked the judge presiding over the lawsuit to dismiss the case on the grounds that plaintiff Michael Weinstein and his co-plaintiffs haven’t demonstrated that they were sufficiently harmed by the alleged proselytization by evangelical Air Force...

Evangelical Branches

31 January 2006 The Los Angeles Times recycles an old, and never very fresh story-line — evangelicals are “branching out” to include issues of poverty and environmentalism in their agenda — just in time for the State of the Union address. The semblance of a “hook” that makes this count as news is the 160 Sojourners-sponsored “State...

The AIDS Aid Money Trail

30 January 2006 Nearly a quarter of President Bush’s $15 billion HIV/AIDS program is earmarked for faith-based groups, with $200 million specifically set aside for groups without experience working with government grants. As could be expected, many groups that promote abstinence only, rather than safe sex through condoms or education programs for sex workers, have...

Holy Land: Holy Land

04 January 2006 A coalition of U.S. evangelical groups, led by none other than Pat Robertson, is negotiating with the Israeli government to lease 125 acres of land in Galilee — possibly at no charge from Israel’s ministry of tourism — in order to build the Galilee World Heritage Park, a biblical theme park featuring gardens,...

Chronicling C.S. Lewis: Marketing and Mythology

01 January 2006 Lewis’ theology was concerned with myth, which is why he cannot be fully appropriated by the kind of evangelicalism that is buying up copies of Mere Christianity. By S. Brent Plate Several newspaper reporters phoned me in the weeks leading up to the opening of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and...

2 Starships on opposite ends of the universe

29 December 2005 Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, vs. Mikey Weinstein, the Air Force Academy alumn and father who’s taken the lead in the fight against evangelical proselytizing at the academy. An uncensored correspondence…

How Far is Heaven?

19 December 2005 Barbara Walters doesn’t want her afterlife special, “Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?” which airs tomorrow night, to come across like “Comp. Religion 101,” but all the same, she’s covered all her spiritualism-beat bases: Catholic Cardinals and the Dalai Lama; suicide bombers, Mitch Albom and Liz Tyler… And also...

To Kill a Megachurch?

05 December 2005 An intriguing story from The Guardian about an mission-minded evangelical megachurch from Nigeria settling among the “whitest people” of Floyd, Texas — until recently, an enclave of the Ku Klux Klan — to build their church headquarters, complete with a combination amphitheatre/waterpark/artificial lake that’s led some to call it a budding Christian...

The War on Christmas is Always Now

The ACLU didn’t steal Christmas, but don’t think that’s about to stop Jerry Falwell in his remarkably unoriginal new drive, “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” which will enlist 8,000 members of the Christian Educators Association International to monitor public schools for “misinformation about how Christmas can be celebrated in schools and public spaces.” While conservative...

Bork You

“There is a great deal more to constitutional law than hostility to Roe.” Zing! Says who? Robert Bork, the guy who didn’t get the job Harriet Miers is about to not get, back during that other right-wing revolution. All bitterness aside though, Bork comes out swinging, notably at the notion that Miers’ evangelicalism counts for...

Key Dobson

10 October 2005 The Boston Globe launches a three-part series on “key evangelical leaders” with a solid reporton James Dobson of Focus on the Family. “Other key figures,” writes Brian MacQuarrie, “range from Richard Land, the politically connected Washington lobbyist of the Southern Baptist Convention, to Rick Warren, an evangelical pastor who has built an enormous following both at his Southern California...

Assassination Fascination

Christianity Today‘s Ted Olsen reports on the Robertson “scandal” the right way: by following the money (scroll down to “Robertson’s Real Power.”) Olsen adds to the drumbeat of evangelical leaders denouncing Robertson’s assassination fascination, with links to denunciations (read: distancing) from evangelical bigs such as Os Guiness, Al Mohler, and Marvin Olasky, coiner of “compassionate...