Is God in Second Life?

I’m never sure what to make of news articles on Internet-based virtual worlds. This is partially since I have never participated in a virtual world, and while I play the occasion video game, the closest I’ve ever been to a “second life” on the Internet is the rare occasion that I play Halo 2. By [Read More...]

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Maybe Big Ben’s not so bad after all

Thank you to all the readers who sent along their favorite or least favorite stories published this past weekend. There are too many to get to, but I’ll begin with The New York Times Sunday Magazine‘s cover story on Pope Benedict XVI. Good timing on that piece, as it ran on Easter Sunday. The author [Read More...]

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Political data in the Pew pews

Attention all journalists who cover religion, politics or both. Our friends at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life have always produced waves of interesting poll materials on issues linked to faith and public policy. And, at least for now, it is the home base for the always candid and insightful John C. Green, [Read More...]

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Ghost in a scarf

Are any of the media reports on the Middle East visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going to tell us why America’s highest-ranking woman political leader is wearing a scarf and a black abaya robe? The scarf and abaya are of course mandatory in some Muslim countries, and Pelosi was photographed wearing the abaya while [Read More...]

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The New York Times explains Easter — not

Religion is a hard subject to pin down, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find a feature titled “On Easter, Symbolism and the Exuberance of Spring” in the Dining & Wine section of The New York Times. I am not a regular food-pages reader, but it appears that the goal of writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ [Read More...]

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A mummy, a ghost, a bad death

It has taken me several days to try to figure out why Los Angeles Times reporter Erika Hayasaki’s Column One feature story, “He died in vast isolation,” has been haunting me. For starters, it’s an awesome story — full of stunning images and quotes. This starts with the very first words and never lets up: [Read More...]

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Praying with, or to, the saints?

I have a question for the traditional Roman Catholics who are faithful GetReligion readers (and you know who you are). As you probably know, I am a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy from evangelical Protestantism and, from time to time, I am struck by the subtle differences in how our ancient churches describe things. Thus, I [Read More...]

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Fishy Washington Times biz story

I hope everyone is having a blessed Lazarus Saturday, which means that tomorrow is Palm Sunday. This is the rare year when the churches of the East and West will be celebrating Easter — Pascha in the East — on the same date. So, for the East, Lent is ending and we are headed into [Read More...]

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