Moore of the same, but still a worthy effort

I had a sense of deja vu this week as I clicked on a 2,000-word Wall Street Journal profile of Russell Moore: For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a “radical homosexual agenda” and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. His successor, [Read More...]

Assessing the state of the Godbeat

I posted earlier this week on three veteran superstars of the Godbeat — Ann Rodgers, Bob Smietana and Tim Townsend — deciding to leave major daily newspapers. I noted a tweet in which The New York Times’ religion writer Laurie Goodstein joked, “Will the last one on the religion beat please turn out the lights?” Playing [Read More...]

Et tu, Tim? Townsend latest to leave the Godbeat (updated)

Speaking of Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes … In the last few weeks, we’ve highlighted the departures of two respected journalists from the Godbeat. First, Bob Smietana left The Tennessean. Then Ann Rodgers announced plans to leave the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Now, a third religion-writing superstar — Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — has decided to leave the [Read More...]

Godbeat losing one of its best and brightest

Usually, we critique religion news here at GetReligion. Occasionally, we report on significant developments on the Godbeat. This is one of those times, although — as lightning fast as news travels in the social media age — many of you probably already heard this. Bob Smietana, a regular GetReligion reader and commenter and the award-winning [Read More...]

A top-notch profile of Baptist ethicist, with a few caveats

I really liked Tennessean Godbeat pro Bob Smietana’s profile last year of Richard Land, then the embattled president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. But what did I think of this week’s sequel? Hey, good news: I really liked it, too. I’m referring, of course, to Smietana’s story on Russell Moore, Land’s successor. [Read More...]

Putting a human face on illegal immigration

Get Religion crickets, prepare to chirp. You guessed it: I’m going to write about media coverage of evangelicals and immigration reform. Again To read my previous posts, click here, here, here and here. My basic complaint in each of those posts: broad generalizations about a complicated issue. More than once, I have voiced my desire to see a reporter [Read More...]

Too little news, too much analysis?

A flurry of e-mailed links to religion news stories flies back and forth each day among your friendly neighborhood GetReligionistas. If a contributor wants to take a crack at a particular story, that person calls “Dibs!” We review many more stories than we have time or space to critique, evidenced by the 3,798 items in [Read More...]


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