Coming soon to a TV near you: ‘The Bible’

It only took 2,000-plus years, but ‘The Bible” is making news. Seriously, both USA Today and the Wall Street Journal  ran features today on the epic miniseries scheduled to air next year on the History Channel. From USA Today: Famed television producer Mark Burnett tackles his projects with passion, but The Bible is a special labor of love. [Read More...]

So a rabbi and a priest and 20 parents walk into hell

So, how many GetReligion readers will be able to forget watching the Robbie Parker press conference, accompanied by the image of his blue-eyed, angelic lost daughter Emilie? Not me, that’s for sure. I was struck by his early reference to the gifts given to her by “her Heavenly Father” and, while that is very standard [Read More...]

Telling Newtown’s story sensitively

I hope you can see the picture here. If you can’t, please click here for a larger image. I saw it on Adam Gabbatt’s Twitter feed on Dec. 15. He’s a reporter for The Guardian. He added: Now at special service at St John’s church in Sandy Hook. Bunch of over-zealous photographers were just asked [Read More...]

Not all ‘nones’ are atheists

In England and Wales, there were 37.3 million Christians in 2001, representing 72 percent of the population. In the most recent census (2011), that had dropped to 33.2 million or 59 percent of the population. Religion News Service had a brief story about this that included these graphs: Figures from the 2011 Census show the [Read More...]

So, ‘broader societal problems’ in Newtown, or not?

It goes without saying that the GetReligion crew has been closely watching the coverage of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., waiting for religion shoes to drop. So far, other than coverage of the vigil services, the emphasis — especially at CNN — has been gun control, gun control, gun control. Since I know readers will [Read More...]

Pod people: Forgiveness is such a simple word

Forgiveness is such a simple word But it’s so hard to do when you’ve been hurt  The above lyrics from Kellie Pickler’s “I Wonder” provide a fitting introduction to this post. On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss forgiveness and media coverage of it. We focus on two recent GetReligion posts touching [Read More...]

WWROD: What the heck is a ‘denomination’ anyway?

As I mentioned the other day, one of the best religion-beat professionals ever — that would be Richard Ostling of Time and the Associated Press — has opened up a weblog here in the Patheos online universe. The name of the blog is “Religion Q&A: The Ridgewood Religion Guy answers your questions” and the goal [Read More...]

How to bury a link to the Catholic scandal of this age

Anyone who has followed the mainstream media’s coverage of the Catholic Church over the past decade or so knows that the biggest story out there — for perfectly valid reasons, let me stress — has been the latest wave of evidence that some members of the church hierarchy have hidden the sins and crimes of [Read More...]


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