Posts tagged "the new york times"

An Art Critic in Ethiopia

From Holland Cotter's article on his visit to the sunken churches of Lalibela:
A priest, in white, stood at a lectern and read aloud from an illuminated book as a European video crew fussed with sound checks, then asked him, please, to start again. To an outsider the general impression was confusing, disconcerting. Can this...

Charity’s Faith Problem

Amy Levin:  What’s wrong with charity? Well, nothing, if you’re Mitt Romney and your definition of charity is giving to anti-gay referendums. Ok, that was harsh, but none of us can deny that whatever we mean by “charity” comes with a loaded moral gun and a wad of political undertones, not to mention an extra...

The “R” Word

There’s a valuable comparison to be found by slogging through this week’s New Yorker lead story (print only), by the normally-astute Jon Lee Anderson, on “the Shiite leader who says he can run Iraq” and The New York Times Magazine’s piece on “The Shiite Surge,” by the normally-gaseous David Rieff. But this time around Rieff gets the story, or at...

Eden on the Block

In the beginning, there was a “time of innocence.” Pam Shaw, one of a few thousand Eves, called it “paradise,” and speaks of the “blind faith” with which she believed in the Prime Mover of her bliss. Yes, of course — Disney Corp. In today’s New York Times, Abby Goodnough reports on Disney’s plan to sell Celebration, its now...

Priesthood of the Press

From Jay Rosen‘s “Journalism is Itself a Religion” — a new Revealer feature: What results from the “relative godlessness of mainstream journalists?” Or, in a more practical vein: How are editors and reporters striving to improve or beef up their religion coverage? Here and there in the discussion of religion “in” the news, there arises a trickier matter, which is the religion of the newsroom,...

Good Intentions

Buried in the Christmas edition of The New York Times was a story that might be characterized as the religion reporter’s version of the “last man in town who can whittle worth a damn” genre: “Commune to Close, After Years of Strife and Striving.” As a representative of the category, Sarah Kershaw‘s report isn’t bad; Kershaw tells the...

Ch-Ch-Changes

Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens takes a loyalty oath; The New Republic‘s Jeffrey Rosen considers conversion; and The New York Times‘ David Brooks plays the part of the A.C.L.U. These and other scenes from the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Key West seminar on religion and public life, brought to you almost-live by The Revealer…

God’s Gay Marriage

When The New York Times delivers a sermon, it’s usually of the secular variety, which is why it comes as a surprise to open the paper today to an explicitly religious column by David Brooks, better known for his smart-aleck condemnations of “Bobos.” “Anybody who has several sexual partners in a year is committing spiritual suicide,” Brooks begins his...

The “God Gulf” at The New York Times

In a bold attempt to coin a new catchphrase, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Timeswrites of the “God gulf” between liberal and conservative Americans. A “red state/blue state divide,” he claims, “overlaps an evangelical/secular divide.” Citing a study from The Pew Research Center, Kristof claims that the growing number of Americans who believe in God necessarily correlates with the segment...