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Are Christian Reality Shows Doing More Harm Than Good?
"Cameras do NOT belong in the church filming the 'spiritual' things that society as a whole does not understand," wrote critic Tachina Carter in a petition to cancel the show that attracted nearly 15,000 signatures prior to Lifetime axing it. "By airing this show it will cause more harm than good to the Christian community who (sic) already has a difficult time in sharing 'The Good News' of Jesus Christ to the masses."
A lesson learned about Joel Osteen | Opinion | Jewish Journal
Viewing it another way, Osteen understands how to market the lessons to a self-absorbed public so that they are willing to open their minds and take in his comments.
The Guardian, ACLU sue for greater media access to executions - The Washington Post
This lawsuit specifically cites Oklahoma’s botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett in April. Witnesses were not able to see the entirety of what happened, as they were unable to watch Lockett’s final minutes. The media, and therefore the public, “received only government-edited access to an important government proceeding,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Online Furor Draws Press to Abortion Doctor’s Trial
Following accusations that the case was being ignored by the national news media, reporters descended Monday on Philadelphia, where Dr. Kermit Gosnell was on trial (The New York Times)
Where Are Rob Bell’s Glasses?
Bell has an uncanny ability to use various media to his advantage. (John Dyer, Don't Eat The Fruit)
US-based 'Pope TV' to zero in on papal selection
While other media explained the basics of the smoke signals used at the Vatican to signal the vote outcome, EWTN analysts discussed the pontiff's influence on the use of candles and crucifixes during worship (Associated Press)
National Catholic Reporter draws rebuke from its local bishop
Paper called for Bishop Robert Finn's removal or resignation in September. Finn says that parishioner anger is growing over the NCR's challenges to Catholic orthodoxy (Associated Press)
‘Two and a Half Men’ actor’s criticism of show shines light on Seventh-day Adventists
Religion scholars say they were not surprised by Jones’ comments deriding “Two and a Half Men,” speculating that his remarks might speak to the zeal of a new convert and to some of the particular tenets of Seventh-day Adventism. (CNN)
Jesus's 'wife' found dead!
It is worth reflecting on the progress here. Evangelicals now make up a significant proportion of those with the technical expertise to tackle a subject like this .... The rapid and informed response by Christians probably went a considerable way to deflating the story. (
Where Are the Cults?
For many years, conservative religious leaders have bemoaned the popularity of cults, which reputedly deceive so many innocent people. The time may come, though, when those same pastors and priests look back nostalgically to the days when they still had cults to fight. (RCR)
The Colonists’ New Religious Mystery
The Colonists’ New Religious Mystery
Sorry, Pilgrims: Jamestown’s spiritual life is suddenly much more fascinating.
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