Posts tagged "religion and media"

Radically Other

“Who is this ‘God’ in whose name so many diverse and troubling things take place? Why is it assumed to be good to affirm one’s faith in such an entity? Why is it thought to be wicked to deny its existence? Most striking about so much talk of ‘God,’ both to affirm and to deny,...

J-Post, Christian Edition

Chris McGreal of The Guardian reports on the plans of Israeli’s oldest English-language paper, The Jerusalem Post, to launch a new Christian edition, assembled in connection with the International Christian Embassy (which is campaigning agains Israeli divestment plans being discussed in the Presbyterian and other churches), to bolster readership among American Christian conservatives. As for...

It’s Media

Rick Warren on a coffee cup.

The Final Battle

In a “news analysis” article, The NYT‘s David E. Sanger offers up some media crit of a master narrative in the offing: “Mr. Bush’s own way of talking about the future,” he writes, “in Iraq and beyond, has undergone a subtle but significant change in recent weeks. In several speeches, he has begun warning that...

Design Schism

Jason Carter: Although the irony is difficult to miss, The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Getlin dutifully points out that the trial between Dover residents and the city’s school board looks oddly like a rerun of Scopes, only this time with evolutionists on the offensive. But while it may seem tiresome to read yet another “in...

God TV

“‘It is God’s sovereign time for the East Coast of America. He has planned such a radical move of The Holy Spirit from here, it will impact the Americas and the world, and in less than a decade, the East Coast will be called America’s “Bible Belt.” Several major ministries will sovereignly be realigned to...

The Geena Factor

Two responses to ABC’s new drama, Commander in Chief. Part I: Hair, Hemlines and History Can the media move past the novelty of a female president? By Marissa Kantor Too Thelma? Tuesday night, from nine to ten o’clock, viewers across America were asked to take a leap of faith as Mackenzie Allen, played by Oscar-winner...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ghosts

For network TV executives torn between reported demands for more Godly programming for the believers’ market, and the competing logic that airing overtly religious sitcoms and dramas could land them squarely in the middle of the culture wars (or just plain flop), there is a third way out: quasi-spiritual stories of hope and inspiration, and...

How the New Yorker Makes Rick Warren Safe for Secular Consumption

By J.J. Helland Too often, the media views the subject of religion in America as a strictly sociological study. Faith is to be interpreted on economic, political and cultural terms — anything other than as a significant set of religious beliefs that informs people’s lives. The most recent example of this approach is found in...

Crossing Over With Amy Grant

NBC gets religion. Sort of. By Nicole Greenfield There’s always a lot of hype surrounding a new TV series, even when it’s just another indistinguishable reality show. The most recent buzz, good, bad, and astonishingly bad, has been about last Friday night’s NBC premiere of “Three Wishes,” hosted by Christian singer Amy Grant. The San...

Our New Deal

This past summer, I announced that The Revealer‘s foundation funding had come to an end. But that doesn’t mark its death. Starting this fall — now — The Revealer takes on a greatly-expanded staff of graduate student journalists, who’ll be providing much of the commentary in our “Today,” “Timely,” and “Timeless” blog columns below and...

Boston Globe Draws Battle Lines Over Blurry Terrain

Sarah Price Brown observes: When Michael Paulson wrote in The Boston Globe a few days ago about a Vatican investigation into homosexuality in seminaries, he framed the issue plainly. The effort, he claimed “is alarming gay rights advocates but is pleasing conservatives.” In other words, he pitted one group against the other. But Paulson’s own...