Posts tagged "kathryn joyce"

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...

Godzilla, Born Again

The original Godzilla, a parable of atomic hubris, is playing in America for the first time. Is its hero — a suicide bomber — even scarier than the monster?  By Kathryn Joyce “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” –1 Corinthians 9:22 “I am...

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...

NPR’s Little Gods

Kathryn Joyce examines NPR’s mild religion. It might be a natural reaction, considering the “uptick”of religion-associated violence in the world, to disown faith as divisive and trouble-making. That’s the essence of the the idealistic, but false, argument made by some die-hard secularists that war is always waged in God’s name. The more common reaction is for religion...

Welcome to Godsend

Revealer associate editor Kathryn Joyce writes: In the title story of his collection, Welcome to the Monkey House, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.tells us what all sci-fi enthusiasts—from Ray Bradbury to the creators of Vanilla Sky,Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and, most recently, Godsend—already know: “science and morals go hand in hand.” The cautionary equation is always the same: advanced technology plus immoral/hubristic scientist and/or naïve/lazy/wrongthinking...

Church of Fools

A reader writes: “Enough about Blogs already and enough about internet religion!! Another week of this and The Revealer will be off my Favorites…come on!” We know how he feels. Religion blogs are ornery, plagued by bad puns, narcissistic, and most of all, not real. Ok, they’re “real,” but they’re not flesh and bone, and we have a...

A Guide for (and to) the Godless

Revealer associate editor Kathryn Joyce writes: Atheist-turned-Christian-scholar Alister McGrath has written a new book, The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World, which will be released this June. According to an early review , McGrath’s argument—that atheism is as obsolete as Communism—is based partially on modernism’s failure to extinguish religion as expected, and the global rise of...

Voodoo Postmortem

Revealer associate editor Kathryn Joyce writes: It’s more than an un-PC cliche. “‘Voodoo is part of Haitian politics,’” voodoo priest, Philippe Castera tells Marina Jimenez, a Toronto Globe and Mail correspondent on assignment in Haiti. “‘The National Palace is filled with the spirits of the ancestors, and the president must be introduced to those spirits and deal with them.’” Jimenez does a fine...