In The News: In Sickness and In Wellness

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In the News: What Happened & What Now?

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In the News: Drugs! Trump! Emojis! Important Things That Aren’t Good Clickbait!

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

Catch Diane Winston on Krista Tippett’s “On Being.”  She’s talking about TV, storytelling, and faith.

In his new book, The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, by omission, matches up practiced marriage to the rare (Christian) ideal–and forgets that the institution was meant to serve a number of social purposes, not all of them holy.  In an interview with Christianity Today he says, “the church doesn’t do a great job of giving people a vision for what God wants marriage to be.”

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Practice, Theology and Identity at #OWS

Courtney Bender writes at The Scoop:

We could even say that occupiers’ refusal to give uncomplicated answers to the question of whether their motivations are rooted mainly in religious, secular, economic or political identities holds up a useful mirror to the very messy, complicated social and economic morass that they critique. This is another way of saying that sussing out religion in Occupy Wall Street might be  easier through attention to the origins and effects of the impulses playing out in groups that identify with the phenomenon. To the ways that they draw upon or resonate with atmospheric connections among religion, capitalism andAmerican identity.

If Wall Street is an “abstraction,” as one astute observer has put it, and the question of “how to occupy an abstraction” is being worked out as we watch, then we should ask how spirituality, one of the greatest American abstractions, is present in this working-out. It is reasonable to expect that occupiers will turn to the largely uncategorized trove of practice, theology and identity that we have often dismissed as the “spiritual”–and which might turn out to have deeper political dimensions than anyone knew.

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Is the Left Behind?

Diane Winston tells us what’s missing from “Whatever Happened to the American Left?,” an opinion piece by Michael Kazin, the editor of Dissent Magazine, which appeared in Sunday’s New York Times.  (I pointed a finger at it on Sunday.)  Winston explains that Kazin neglects three important issues in his diagnosis of the invisible, hamstrung Left:  the conservative movement didn’t start in the 1970s; the American Left is not MIA, just underreported; and that he better not leave religion out of the conversation or he’s missing an essential part of the political story. Continue Reading →

Congratulations Revealer Alum!

Of the seven recipients of the 2011 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion, two have spent time at The Revealer!  Kathryn Joyce, the founding managing editor, and Nicole Greenfield, have both graced our pages and shaped who we are and what we do.  Here’s what the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the administrator of the award, has to say about their winning projects:

  • Kathryn Joyce will investigate the burgeoning U.S. evangelical adoption movement and “orphan theology,” reporting on international adoption in Rwanda and Liberia. Joyce, who has published in Mother JonesSalon and Newsweek, is a three-time recipient of reporting support from the Nation Institute Fund for Investigative Journalism. She is also the author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (2009).
  • Reporting from Argentina, which became the first Latin American nation to legalize same-sex marriage in July 2010,Nicole Greenfield will examine the complex relationship among religion, politics and LGBT rights in the diverse city of Buenos Aires. Greenfield is a freelance journalist based in New York City.

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Oversimplification 3, 2, 1

From Andrew Khouri’s “Getting the Story Right in Egypt,” a recent post at The Scoop, Diane Winston’s website at USC’s Annenberg School for Journalism:

But on Thursday, the Muslim Brotherhood—Egypt’s largest opposition group and a perennial Mubarak foe—announced it would join the large demonstrations that were planned after prayers on Friday. A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman called it “the day of the intifada.”

That is how an article appearing in Friday’s New York Times set the stage for what was no doubt a pivotal moment in Egypt, with thousands taking to the street, where they would face tear gas and baton-wielding security forces. The piece examined how religious factions, which have played little role so far, would affect the protest movement.

Cue oversimplification of religion in 3, 2, 1…

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