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Dangerous Temptations

From Nidhal Guessoum's "New Media and Islam" at HuffPo: Similarly, the Los Angeles Times recently related the strong reactions expressed by some Iranian clerics and other opinion makers to the youth's alarming addiction to the web. One cleric warned his students of the "dangers and temptations" of the Internet and advised them to "spend more time praying...

From Birchers to Birthers?

An excerpt from Heather Hendershot's new book, What's Fair on the Air:  Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest (Chicago, 2011).  Hendershot, a professor at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, will be reading from What's Fair TONIGHT, Friday, September 23 at 5 pm at the NYU Bookstore.  Our founding editor, Jeff Sharlet, will be...

John Piper v. Rob Bell:
Battle for the Soul of Evangelical Christianity?

by Becky Garrison Rob Bell, a bestselling Christian author and founder of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids became a top trend on Twitter last week after Justin Taylor posted a blog article titled "Rob Bell: Universalist?"  Taylor, vice president at Crossways International, a Christian educational non-profit, based his commentary on select chapters...

Christmas Island: Refugee Politics and an Orphan

by Nasya Bahfen It was not nearly as dramatic as the footage beamed around the world of thousands of jubilant Egyptians celebrating in Tahrir Square, but the image of nine year old Seena Akhlaqi Sheikhdost caused a quiet revolution in Australia this week. Last December, the flimsy boat carrying Seena and up to a hundred Iranian,...

Breadth of View

From the introduction to Witness, a publication of Black Mountain Institute, volume XXIII (2010), "Captured:  Writing about Film and Photography":
As we sought manuscripts for 'Captured: Writing About Film and Photography,' these questions resonated deeply with the material we collected: How does the lens shape our vision? How does the act of filming affect our...

Liberal Media v. Liberal Media

27 February 2006 AP religion writer Richard N. Ostling continues to do his part to dismantle the secular/liberal-media myth by using his own elite pulpit to rail against the secular/liberal book publishing industry: comparing the reviews of two recent books by and about atheists to complain about the advantages that atheists have courtesy of “sympathy...

49,999 Girls Gone Wild!

“Swazi females drop chastity tassels,” reported CNN on August 22, describing a warm-up event to a ritual dance of 50,000 virgins who perform bare-breasted for Swaziland’s King Mswati, who will pick one lucky girl to be his bride. CNN loves it — and so do, one suspects, the Christian conservative activists who preach abstinence as...

Belief Unbracketed

At last — a manifesto! We wish we’d written it ourselves, but, failing that, we’re glad it came from our friend Steve Prothero, whose book, American Jesus: How The Son of God Became a National Icon, is one of the most important investigations of faith, theology, and American history to be published last year. Funny, too. As...

Hellmouth

Just after the war in Bosnia, a priest showed Rose Marie Berger a cross erected on a hillside. One side depicted a resurrection Jesus, offering the promise of life and joy; the other revealed an angry Christ of eternal judgment. Berger preferred the good-times Jesus, but the locals, who had seen 1,500 of their own massacred, opted for...