Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes again, here in GetReligion land

All together now, GetReligion readers. Strange fascination, fascinating me Changes are taking the pace I’m going through … Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the stranger) Ch-ch-Changes Pretty soon you’re gonna get a little older Time may change me But I can’t trace time I said that time may change me But I can’t trace time GetReligion [Read More...]

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What is the X-factor in Syrian bloodshed? DUH! (updated)

It seems that many networkers in the online world remain fired up about that recent Washington Post explainer that ran under the headline “9 questions about Egypt you were too embarrassed to ask.” That’s the one you may recall, in part because of this GetReligion post, that was the first of many similar mainstream media [Read More...]

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Kudos for Quartz’s coverage of business and religion

“Business is religion, and religion is business,” said Maltbie Babcock. “The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.” While few people today would completely agree with [Read More...]

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Snickering at FoxNews while getting duped by ‘Zealot’ author

Many of us who came of age during the birth of New Media are reflexively defensive about the medium’s journalistic credibility. We defy the outdated notion that real journalism is printed on paper or broadcast on TV screen. Quality journalism is as likely to be found on a blog as in a newspaper or in [Read More...]

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Intrigue in the wide, wide world of the religion-news beat?

For several days now, I have been very curious about an item related to mainstream journalism work on the religion-news beat. The following appeared in the online column by Dr. Debra Mason of the world-famous University of Missouri School of Journalism, who is also the executive director of the Religion Newswriters Association of America. The [Read More...]

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Spotting the sacred ghost in the era of iWeddings

Let me begin with a few confessions. First of all, let me stress that I know that there are plenty of weddings that are completely secular or, well, they should have been completely secular. You know what I mean? Second, I have been to quite a few weddings in recent years, in large part because [Read More...]

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WWROD? Another stab at defining the word ‘evangelical’

Long ago, I asked the Rev. Billy Graham a question that I really thought he, of all people, would be able to answer. The question: What does the word “evangelical” mean? As I have reported several times, the world’s most famous evangelist tossed the question right back at me: “Actually, that’s a question I’d like [Read More...]

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Joe Carter: From GetReligion reader to scribe

Having been a reader and fan of GetReligion, I’m thrilled and honored to be joining as a contributor. Although I’ve been reading this site since its inception in 2004, my interest in the intersection of religion and journalism extends back a long, long time — maybe even back to the dark era before Terry Mattingly [Read More...]

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