Posts tagged "evangelicalism"

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...

Daily Links 09 August 2005

Polish Your Headship From Vision Forum, a San Antonio-based organization that offers books, toys, retreats, and “biblical law” training sessions from a Christian Reconstructionist perspective: The Vision Forum catalogue “In defense of the biblical family, we today join faithful Christians across this great land by choosing sides in a fight. Like William Barret Travis before the...

Daily Links 24 January 2005

Don’t Play with Sri Lanka Evangelical relief workers have reached Sri Lanka, which has been a hotbed of religious contention since long before the tsunami. Christian missionaries there claim persecution at the hands of the Buddhist majority, citing the more than 100 churches which have been attacked by Buddhist extremists; and Buddhists charge that Christians...

God is in the Retails

God is in the Retails 16 December 2004 Why does evangelical Christian capitalism seem so strange to the rest of the world? Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture Heather Hendershot. University of Chicago Press. Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America Amy Johnson Frykholm. Oxford University Press. By Omri Elisha Creation...

Daily Links 30 November 2004

“That’s Simply Not True.” Cheers to Anderson Cooper for breaking out of the “objectivity” mold that usually lets guys like Jerry Falwell present theology as fact. God / Spy Retired FBI Special Agent Jim Olhson reviews two new books about espionage: “From early in my involvement as a Christian working with national security, I have marveled at the striking...

Daily Links 22 November 2004

Our Christian Son-of-a-Bitch Far from Falluja there’s another battle raging that’s just as vicious and even more dangerous in its implications. But the American press is for the most part ignoring the civil war in West Africa’s Ivory Coast, since it involves nobody, really, just Africans and the French. Which is whyDouglas Farah‘s overview of the...