Posts tagged "WHAT’S MISSING"

Evangelical Borg

Two features on the growing strength of evangelical Christians reveal the stagnation of the press’s understanding of the breadth and depth of evangelical Christianity. An intriguing story by The New York Times‘ David K. Kirkpatrick on Patrick Henry College, a four-year higher ed institution for Christian home-schoolers, reports that the new college’s students are especially popular in right-wing politics (seven White...

The Salvation Scoop

The New York Times reports today that what The Salvation Army is really all about (the New York division, at least) is, well… salvation. This should come as no surprise, and yet it does, year after year as newspaper reporters discover that the bell ringers and thrift shoppers are actually missionaries; Daniel J. Wakin’s intelligent report is only the...

Prophets in Pasties

There are two institutions in most towns of any size in the U.S. that invite people in to voluntarily confess needs beyond their own understanding — houses of worship, and strip clubs. Those who opt for the former often do so not just because God tells them to, but because an intangible desire for contact,...

Guinea Pigs

Brian Larkin, an anthropologist at Barnard College and a member of the Center for Religion and Media, writes The Revealer with this disturbing deconstruction of an NPR report by Joanne Silberner: “The substance of the report is that we are nearing the possibility of polio eradication, with its presence limited to six countries where it remains endemic. The only country they discuss...

Silence = ?

Ever since Bono showed pal Jesse Helms the light (or not), the formerly firebreathing senator has been on a crusade against AIDS. His conversion was nothing if not timely — these days, Christian conservatives are claiming the fight against AIDS as their own, and winning points from liberal pundits such as The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof for their good works. And rightly so — believe in...

Bad Medicine

“Is Religion Good Medicine?” asks the cover line on the latest Newsweek. It’s certainly good cover fodder, as is health. One wonders whether Newsweek felt the dynamic duo of popular subjects were such a sure winner that no further questioning was required. Claudia Kalb’s report dutifully touches the bases — on the one hand, there’s not much scientific evidence;...

Rant du Jour

Orion isn’t classified as a religion magazine, but it should be. Its mix of eco-notions and ideas, romanticization of the simple life, and assaults on the vulgarity of mass cult mark it as heir to The Dial, Ralph Waldo Emerson‘s journal of one of the major American faiths, transcendentalism. Then, as now, it is a spiritual practice...