WPost profiles ‘evangelical Catholic’ Bobby Jindal

I know this will shock — SHOCK! — you, but your friendly GetReligionistas don’t agree on everything. Those of us who contribute to this journalism website have a tremendous amount of freedom to pick the stories that we critique. But frequently, editor tmatt pushes potential items our way. And in rare cases, he even proposes [Read More...]

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...]

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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