Faithful Viewer: Biopic about black preacher is toast of Sundance
(RNS) “The Birth of a Nation,” a biopic about the 19th-century black preacher, slave and revolutionary Nat Turner, was picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for a record $17.5 million on Tuesday (Jan. 26).
The Faithful Viewer: 3 new shows with religion subplots
(RNS) January TV premieres include “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” “Mercy Street,” and “Lucifer.” Our ‘Faithful Viewer’ guide tells you what to expect.
Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: “Two and a Half Hypocrisy”? Pope Benedict = Marlboro Man? Charity up, abortions down
“Two and a Half Hypocrisy”? Today’s leading religious debate focuses on comments by Angus T. Jones, teen star of the hit comedy “Two and a Half Men,” and a passionate Christian who now denounces the show as “filth” and says people should stop watching. “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a […]
5 Things Not to Say If You Want to Get Your Book Published, #2: “I’m Happy to Do Interviews”
I started this series with some softball advice: Don't mention in a query letter that God told you to write this book. Most of you were probably patting yourselves on the back when you read that, because you're not psychotic. (Well done, you!) So today's advice is a little less intuitive to sane people: don't tell your publisher that you're happy to do interviews.
Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Pat Robertson forgives Petraeus. Catholic bishops’ mandate. Transgender Jews
Boycott Black Friday? What about the economy? The Catholic bishops had no answer on that one. Maybe that was a good thing? What is an “evatheist”? Find out here.
Friday’s Religion News Roundup: A new ABC, Bibi’s bromance with Barack, Evangelicalism’s Man of the Moment?
Is smoking weed a virtue and not a vice? Are anti-Muslim pols losing ground? Have you found your Barack Obama nativity figurine yet? Book a trip to Naples…
Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Judaism on Sandy. Islamophobia in Michigan. Catholic bishops for Romney.
Still reckoning with Sandy, a lower murder rate counts as good news. Not a new lottery: the Romney Mega Prayer. Ever want to know what an “intrinsic evil” is? You may be surprised.
Tired of all those weddings?
Here’s an antidote for “marriage fatigue” — Michael Kelly writes about his daughter’s wedding — a decade after Bridget Kelly was nearly murdered. Just read it.
Thursday’s Religion News Roundup: Billy Graham’s jeremiad, Olympic religion, atheists’ ‘Logo Wars’
Was it evil or liberals behind the Aurora massacre? One man is just setting up crosses. Goodbye Gideon bibles, hello 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'
Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Batman in Aurora, Dolan-Colbert comedy slam, Muppets v. Chick-fil-A
Mitt Romney preaches American exceptionalism, a Philly priest gets jail time, and the Catholic Church gave Obama his start: unintended consequences?
Digital Detox: 8 Tips for Taming the Tech and Enjoying a Real Sabbath This Weekend
You've got your iPad, your smart phone, your laptop. They're great, but how can you disengage from the pull of social media and digital life enough to enjoy a peaceful, old-fashioned Sabbath? Guest blogger MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of the forthcoming book Sabbath in the Suburbs, describes 8 tips for taming the tech (even if you have kids whose cell phones seem to be glued to their hips).
Thursday’s Religion News Roundup: George Zimmerman’s God’s plan; Mitt a Catholic?; “The Blind Side” blindsided
Was Trayvon Martin's shooting divine providence? Backlash against Bachmann's Muslim hunt. Wheaton sues over contraception, the bishops' birth control mandate…
Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Linsanity to Houston, Obama and Romney to Saddleback? A pro-life ‘Wailing Wall’
Rick Warren wants to bring the candidates to his church, Romney gets some Veep advice from Tony Perkins (Allen West, anyone?) and desecrations abound.
GetGetReligion: Andy Griffith
GetReligion's Bobby Ross, Jr. took a look at the MSM obits of Andy Griffith and unsurprisingly found them wanting in the religion department. By contrast, Ross notes, CBN quoted a statement from his widow, to the effect that “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord.” That doesn't get us very far.
The Shining City on a Hill
Since John Winthrop, the Puritan governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Americans have considered their country to be a shining “city on a hill.” This video traces that phrase from Winthrop to contemporary politicians such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.