Posts tagged "evangelicals"

Dobson Antichrist

A Democratic Senator’s Surprising Bout of Name-Calling By Kate Hawley Perhaps Colorado Senator Ken Salazar was consolidating his liberal base after a series of conservative-friendly votes. Or maybe Jim Gibson, president of the Colorado Democratic Leadership Council, was right when he said Salazar has decided to “throw political caution to the wind.” Whatever Salazar’s motives,...

05 September 2004 Daily Links

“Evangelical Christianity’s dance with secular culture has always been a complicated one. Whereas Biola once trained students to use modernism’s devices, like the scientific method and rational argument, to undercut modernism, today, in a more postmodern era, it educates its students about the diversity of ideas and cultures and experiences in order to equip them...

20 July 2004 Daily Links

News of the Weird (press releases): on Sept 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Churches will sponsor a premiere screening of Davey and Goliath’s Snowboard Adventure. This is not a joke. Which is what makes it funny. And kind of sad. / CORRECTION: A reader writes: “Your sarcastic put-down of the preview of the new...

16 July 2004 Daily Links

Canadian Muslim and author of The Trouble With Islam, Irshad Manji, argues against one-dimensional perceptions of Islam, today on NPR’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Listen. The latest news in God-garb: U.K. company Laceys Footwear has apologized for displaying the sacred Hindu Om symbol — considered to be a manifestation of God — inside its sandals (the part you step on) and is withdrawing the...

10 July 2004 Daily Links

Gwynne Dyer, in the Trinidad and Tobogo Express, laments the state of religion and politics in Nigeria — especially as the two relate to a contentious polio vaccination campaign. The governor of the Nigerian state of Kano suspended the vaccinations last year in response to “rumours” that it was a Western plot to cut the Muslim...

The Politics of Conversion

The Rev. Lon Solomon counts among his congregants and close friends Bush commerce secretary Don Evans, Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Star, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, possibly the most conservative man on the Hill, and fellow Sooner fire-breather, Sen. Don Nickles. And yet, David Cho‘s otherwise superb report in The Washington Post never ventures beyond mild speculation about influence. What about...

Re-Branding Revolution

Are media misconceptions of evangelicals about to start working in their political favor? By Kathryn Joyce After The Los Angeles Times reported on the draft of new Christian-political guidelines being considered by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the blogosphere buzzed about Larry Stammer’s “expose” of the “top-secret document“—intended for “private circulation” among NAE members, but cunningly...

Facts, Faith, and “The Jesus Factor”

On the uses and abuses of neutrality by the religious right, the liberal media, and the journalists caught in between. By Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet Part I: Every Tool is a Weapon, and They Use It Right Several years before PBS broadcast their recent Frontlinedocumentary, “The Jesus Factor,” and writing before the 2001 attack on...

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...

“Like Moby-Dick Without the Whale”

Such is any attempt to talk about the whole of American history without talking about Jonathan Edwards, according to historian George Marsden, author of a one of The Revealer‘s favorite books of 2003, a biography on the 18th-century theologian most famous for his “sinners in the hands of an angry God” sermon. Marsden is quoted in a U.S. News and World...