Influential? We GetReligionistas?

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Jolly good (and other silly things that Americans think we are supposed to say to sound a wee bit British). Texans would say, “Thanks a bunch.”

It seems that the Faith Central blog at The Times — led by writer and broadcaster Libby Purves — has decided to create a handy collection of, well, here is what the introduction to the list says:

30 Most influential religion blogs

Bloggers about religion blog religiously so Faith Central has compiled a list of the most influential among them. In no particular order, this is intended to evolve, so let us know your suggestions.

So if you scan down a bit, you will find the following reference:

Get Religion

A blog on religious affairs and based on the premise that the press just don’t get religion. Based in Washington D.C. this is the blogchild of the Oxford Centre for Religion in Public Life.

Representative quote: “What struck me was the blunt description of these fighters as ‘Islamic militants’. This seems to me to be too direct a link between the faith of Islam and the actions of the militants.”

We point this out for two reasons: (1) We are all in favor of more online guides to resources linked to religion and the news. (2) Then, well, you know, there’s sinful pride and all that other stuff.

But seriously, this is a rather global and interfaith list, which is always a good thing. You might want to bookmark it.

You might want to write in to make some suggestions of your own. For starters, I think they should look to Dallas and consider adding Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Con blog as well as The Dallas Morning Newsreligion site. The Rev. Canon Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine blog has readers all over the world, too, and covers resources linked to many faith issues other than the Anglican wars (with links on left and right). They should look at Amy Welborn’s open book, too.

And your nominations? I mean, other than simply pointing to Beliefnet’s BlogHeaven library. That would be cheating.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Eric G.

    I’m not sure how influential it is, but as a Latter-day Saint I much appreciate By Common Consent, a group blog on all things Mormon and semi-Mormon. Actually, there are quite a few excellent Mormon blogs, representing a full spectrum of theology and politics, known collectively as the bloggernacle. I haven’t seen a phenomenon quite like it for any other Christian denomination, although it may exist somewhere.

    And although it’s not your traditional blog format, I do enjoy reading the Christianity Today weblog to keep up on news in the Christian world.

  • Dan

    I can speak only to the Catholic blogs, of which there are two on the Times list: First Things and The Cafeteria is Closed. I agree with the nominaiton of First Things — it is far and away the most “influential” U.S. Catholic publication in my estimation — but I believe Amy Welborn’s “Open Book” is more widely read than “The Cafeteria is Closed.”

    I don’t know how “influential” it is, but I think one of the best Catholic blogs is “Insight Scoop” (the blog of Ignatius Press). An up and comer is Father Zuhldorf’s “What Does The Prayer Really Say?,” although this blog would be of limited appeal to Catholics who are not devoted to the old Latin Mass and of virtually no interest to non-Catholics.

  • Dan

    There are also two noteworthy sites that I would characterize as “Vatican-watching” sites: Sandro Magister’s Settimo Cielo and Rocco Palmo’s Whispers in the Loggia. Magister’s site is in Italian but I believe it is also translated into English somewhere. It has both very good analysis and at times insider type “scoops.” Whispers in the Loggia has a somewhat liberal NC Reporter/Commonweal bent, and for that reason I don’t read it regularly.

  • Brian

    Congrats on making the list, but I must say that their selected quote is hardly “representative” of this site and almost certainly does you no favors as far as attracting traffic…

  • http://clientandserver.com dw

    Not one mention of Real Live Preacher? Shame.

    A number of religion bloggers did a SXSW Interactive panel this year. Worth a listen.

  • http://www.thegodblog.org Brad A. Greenberg

    I definitely would have liked to have seen Frank Lockwood’s Bible Belt Blog and Ted Olsen’s Christianity Today weblog, great because of its exhaustive collection of news relevant to CT’s readers.

  • cheryl

    When it comes to general insightful commentary on faith, culture and Catholic issues, I can’t recommend Open Book highly enough. I read it every day. Amy Welborn is a bit of a news junkie so she is often quick to post helpful news links, and her analysis is top notch.

    I also like First Things’ blog and Mere Comments (the Touchstone magazine blog).


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