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NYTimes offers labels-free look at key free-speech fight

Anyone who has read GetReligion for, oh, more than a week knows that we are not pleased when journalists attempt to jam the complex beliefs of large groups of people into the cramped zones defined by simplistic labels. Obviously, one of the most abused labels in religion news is “fundamentalist.” We like to quote the [Read More...]

Chuck Smith, fundamentalism and (yes) the AP stylebook

Readers who have been following this weblog through the years are probably familiar with the following passage in the Associated Press Stylebook. We’ve been dealing with it since the earliest days of GetReligion’s existence (click here for one ancient example). Yes, we are talking about the “fundamentalist” label. That’s the familiar F-word that philosopher Alvin [Read More...]

Yay! Dallas paper examines heart and soul

It’s becoming clear that The Dallas Morning News has no regard for the F-word. Faith, that is. I made that statement last month after the Texas newspaper allowed holy ghosts to haunt yet another major profile. But I come today not to bury the Morning News, but to praise it: Apparently, somebody at the highest echelon of that [Read More...]

Pod people: The thin line between insight and hearsay

Earlier this week, I critiqued an Associated Press story on the hullabaloo caused by a newspaper column in which a pastor’s wife referred to Southern Baptists as “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians.” I closed that post by questioning the AP’s sourcing at the end of the story: Here’s my journalistic question: If [Read More...]

What The Economist Gets Wrong About Calvinist Baptists

Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509) — and the 497th anniversary of misunderstanding Calvinists. To commemorate the event, let’s look at a recent notable example provided by The Economist. The article is out-datedly titled, “Dippers divided” and the subhead is “Where evangelicals disagree.” Where evangelicals disagree, apparently, [Read More...]

Football, family and … faith? That’s a definite maybe

If you read GetReligion with any frequency, you know the drill. We critique mainstream media coverage of religion and often point out holy ghosts in news coverage. What are holy ghosts? Let’s go back to tmatt’s description at the very beginning: They are facts and stories and faces linked to the power of religious faith. [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...]


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