Same as it ever was: It’s time for a new, old GetReligion

You know that whole Christmas in July thing, when stores and other groups have fun by, well, pretending that it’s Christmas, only in the month of July? That is kind of what is going on here today. Kind of. The big news is that GetReligion.org is going back to being GetReligion.org — period. This website [Read More...]

The ongoing spectacle of NYTimes contempt for religion

Yes, this was a piece of commentary. In other words, it was not a news story that automatically fell into GetReligion territory. Yes, this mini-essay was about a new reality-television show way off in the outer reaches of cable land. But, well, it was also a piece that was published with a staff byline in [Read More...]

We don’t need no religion education, or do we?

I’m on the road this week, sunburned and tuckered out. So rather than do a normal GetReligion critique, I’m going to ask a couple of journalism questions that are related to what we do here. First question: Do you know any journalists who could benefit from advanced study of religion? If so, I have terrific [Read More...]

Whoa! Religion chapter added to AP Stylebook

The 2014 Stylebook launches today, featuring a new religion chapter. http://t.co/FfOH60x1Tc pic.twitter.com/wGjOXjdiPK — AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) May 28, 2014 Big news for Godbeat style geeks: The Associated Press Stylebook — the journalist’s Bible — has added a religion chapter. The Poynter Institute reports: The 2014 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook comes out Wednesday, with about 200 [Read More...]

Seeking “Help!” on five venerable world religions

JAEDE ASKS: I need to know the founder, area of the world it’s in, what their holy book is called and their holidays, for Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Jaede headlined this item “Help!!” and was probably sweating over some school exam or term paper so this comes too late. [Read More...]

Concerning that gathering called by the Ecumenical Patriarch

“Journalism is the first rough draft of history,” according to a famous quote by publisher Philip Graham of the Washington Post. If so, shouldn’t journalists have a sense of history? Especially when the history stretches over centuries? Like when Reuters reports on a recent conference of Orthodox patriarchs. It starts out OK, then degrades quickly: [Read More...]

AP finally spikes infamous Nazi Christian Youth (not) photo

It took a while, but the final shoe dropped the other day in the mysterious case of those — What did Rod “friend of this blog” Dreher call them? — Nazi Christian Youth in a church in North Richland Hills, Texas. I am referring, of course, to that Associated Press photo what showed a group [Read More...]

Pod people: Continuing the Elevation Church debate

At this point, I am not sure what the Rev. Steven Furtick was thinking when he declined that interview request from NBC Charlotte, which was researching a report about those mass, quickie baptism services at his Elevation megachurch. It’s possible that he genuinely distrusted this news outlet and reporter Stuart Watson, even though the station [Read More...]


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