Louis Zamperini: A life transformed by … Billy Graham?

Louis Zamperini had an amazing, amazing life. Actually, he had two of them since — pardon my French — he was a born-again Christian. You can get the amazing details of his first life in all of obituaries that are running in major news publications. However, if you want to know much about how this [Read More...]

Memory eternal: The life and quiet ministry of ‘Ann B.’

One of the complicated subjects that religion-beat professionals talk about behind the scenes, if they are themselves religious believers, is how to pick out a safe congregation to join in the city that they are covering. The goal is to find a good one, but not one that has a history of making news. During [Read More...]

WPost: Avoiding Maya Angelou’s soul, if at all possible

In the world of political, cultural and social studies theory there is a term — “civil religion” — that scholars have been arguing about for decades. You can talk about Rousseau and you can dig into Tocqueville and travel on to Martin Marty, but sooner or later you end up with the 1967 Robert Bellah [Read More...]

Near-death experiences: Is ‘Heaven Is For Real’ for real?

MICHAEL-ANN ASKS: How well do you think [the current "Heaven Is For Real" movie] addresses communicating out-of-body spiritual experiences? AND ART ASKS: [Regarding the "countless books" on near-death experiences such as "Heaven Is For Real"]: Is there any legitimate connection between these and Christian views of the next life? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Since maybe [Read More...]

Short 30 for 30 slam dunk that gets the faith angle just right

You have to be a pretty intense hoops fan to remember many of the details of the career of Shawn Bradley. Other than, of course, you know what. Take a look at the YouTube at the top of this post some of the details will come back to you. Or even click here for a [Read More...]

Shocking news! T.D. Jakes doubts something!

“Replate 1A.” That was a favorite dry reaction at my old newspaper whenever someone announced something obvious, as if were front-page news. That’s what I said when the Hollywood Reporter labeled T.D. Jakes as “a man of God who admits he has wrestled with doubt.” Clearly, the reporter hasn’t read Pope Francis or the Dalai [Read More...]

New York critics, heaven and a very busy religion week

OK, think of all of the stereotypes that you have heard about elite critics in New York City, those powerful mainstream-media scribes who are said to have the power to determine what is good and what is bad at the highest levels of American culture. Do you have that picture in your mind? Now, don’t [Read More...]

What he said! Yes, Hollywood wants more Christian $$$$

In this morning’s email newsletter from the folks at Religion News Service, editor Kevin Eckstrom raised his eyebrow high (no, honest, you can sense it in the copy) and quipped: Pretty sure we’ve seen about 5,429 versions of this story already. Right. We get it. Hollywood is trying to lure Christian audiences to the cineplex. [Read More...]


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