Falwell’s 2014 Liberty: ‘Fundamentalist Baptist’ university?

Here at GetReligion, the “F-word” always catches our attention. I’m referring, of course, to fundamentalist. It’s a loaded word that can carry a negative connotation when applied to religious groups or institutions. The Associated Press Stylebook — “the journalist’s bible” — contains this entry: fundamentalist: The word gained usage in an early 20th century fundamentalist-modernist controversy within [Read More...]

Seeking the sympathetic critics of Bob Jones University

As any journalist knows, institutions — secular or religious — do not like to talk about their failures, let alone their sins. Often this is caused by their lawyers who are anxious to head off lawsuits or to protect their client’s rights when conflicts take place. When this approach is applied to media relations, the [Read More...]

The new evangelical Goliath? Online ed at Liberty U

Back in November, The New York Times produced a downright nauseating account of Liberty University’s effort to become a big-time college football program. This week, the Washington Post followed up with an in-depth report on Liberty’s transformation into an “evangelical mega-university.” The front-page headline described the university’s progress this way: Falwell’s university grows from David to [Read More...]

Ready, set, barf: An evangelical football feature

Grab your air-sickness bag and let’s dive right into this New York Times sports feature. The italicized phrases below are courtesy of me, not the Times: LYNCHBURG, Va. — Football is not just a sport at Liberty University, the Christian institution founded by Jerry Falwell, it is a mission. At Liberty, once a tiny Bible college [Read More...]


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