Posts tagged "evangelicals"

We’re All Doomed

Taking stock of the secular apocalyptic mindset. By J.J. Helland   As I was watching the recent made-for-TV-movie, Category 7: The End of The World, a film about a devastating storm that threatens to destroy the planet, I thought of Pat Robertson. Robertson recently caused a stir after publicly musing that natural disasters like hurricane...

Evergreen Like a Pine-Tree Air Freshener

For how long of a period can one group — say environmentalists — be described as in the process of “gaining a new ally” — call ‘em evangelicals? If it was a small-town local rag looking for filler stories, the counterintuitive hook — Bible-thumpers and tree-huggers get together! — could probably still seem fresh months...

Eagles for Christ

A Delaware state principal has apologized after allowing a Christian-themed assembly, featuring two pro-football players from the Philadelphia Eagles — one of whom is the founder of the evangelical group, Athletes United for Christ — to occur at a public high school in Newark. Event promoters later said they had made it clear what the...

Sermonasaurs

Everybody likes giant, roadside dinosaurs — even folks who believe that dinosaurs disprove evolution. Whatever — a T-Rex by the gas pump? Neat-o. Which is why, no doubt, this story on attempts by creationists to use such icons as kitsch as evangelizing tools is today’s most emailed story from the L.A. Times. That, and the...

10 July 2005 Daily Links

Christianity Ha-Ha: In about 36 hours, 1,000 pastors from around the country are coming to my megachurch, where I have worked for the last six years. They are coming for a pastors’ conference to learn how to run their churches more effectively. My job is to make them laugh… Alt weeklies and alte kackers: An...

Ted Haggard’s Big Israeli Adventure

Confusing news from the Jewish Forward: the National Association of Evangelicals is set to announce a new, more pro-Palestinian policy on Israel. Why? Because it wants to counter liberal churches that are putting economic pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Palestianians. Wait — that doesn’t make sense. And it gets trickier. How is...

What’s That You Say?

Blogger Slacktivist takes one sentence from Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals — “They’re pro-free markets, they’re pro-private property. … That’s what evangelical stands for.” — and runs it through the wringer of actual scripture and hundreds of years of Christian thought. That’s the way to re-frame journalism.  

Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch: Part II

Jeff Sharlet: Harper’s has posted the entirety of my feature from its May issue, “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch,” the first half of which I posted here on The Revealer. If you already read that and want to skip directly to the second half, scroll down to the picture of Pontius Pilate...

Holy Ivy

Revealer contributor Holly Berman writes: The New York Times series on class, launched with a statistically compelling, if bloodless, overview of class divisions in the United States has continued with three articles wound tightly around individuals’ experiences of class in healthcare, marriage and, in Sunday’s edition, religion. “On a Christian Mission to the Top” by...

Destination Christian Nation

Sharlet: Spent the morning in an interview with Matthew Wells, a BBC radio reporter who’s been working the evangelical politics beat in America for the sake of worried Europeans. Should they be worried? Judging from the clips of Ohio mega-pastor Rod Parsley that Matt played me, yes. Parsley is a self-described “patriot pastor” and a...

18 May 2005 Daily Links

Everything but the longing: Peter Bebergal: “I have begun collecting psychedelic music again, almost twenty years after I traded my entire original collection for bag of pot, mostly seeds and stems. I have been scouring Web sites and magazines, trolling greater Boston’s underground record stores and talking to people about this resurgence of psychedelic music...

Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch

The following is the first half of “Soldiers of Christ: Inside America’s Most Powerful Megachurch,” a feature by Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet in the May, 2005 issue of Harper’s.   They are drawn as if by magnetic forces; they speak of Colorado Springs, home to the greatest concentration of fundamentalist Christian activist groups in American...