Read the rest of Robert Bellah on religion’s place in evolution.
Sam Han is Instructional Technology Fellow of the Macaulay Honors College/CUNY and a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as a regular contributor to here & there. He is author of Navigating Technomedia: Caught in the Web (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and editor (with Daniel Chaffee) of The Race of Time: A Charles Lemert Reader (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). He is at work on WEB 2.0 (Routledge, forthcoming) and a dissertation entitled “Technologies of Spirit: The Digital Milieu of Contemporary Religion,” which explores the resonance of contemporary Christianity and digital media technologies.
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Over at the Religion and Ethics blog of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Slavoj Zizek has written an opinion piece on what he views as the aspect of the Christian legacy that is most important for radical politics today—atheism.Read the rest of Slavoj Žižek on radical politics and Christianity.
While acknowledging their negative effects on public political discourse, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled, in an almost unanimous decision, that the First Amendment protects the wildly controversial Westboro Baptist Church in their funeral protests, confirming the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond.Read the rest of Supreme Court decides in favor of Westboro Baptist Church.
Over at Boston Review, Princeton political scientist Jan-Werner Müller has written a lengthy article considering the rise of Christian (Catholic) Democratic parties in Western Europe and the Christian socialism of Jacques Maritain that had gained political traction in the middle years of the last century. He considers whether this history, largely unrecognized in the United States, bares any lessons for the prospects of overtly religious political parties—like the AKP in Turkey—in liberal democracies.Read the rest of Religion and democracy.
Yesterday, religion scholar Karen Armstrong appeared on WNYC, the NPR-affiliate in New York City, to discuss, among other things, a project she is spearheading called “Charter for Compassion.” The project is funded in part by the TED prize that was awarded to Armstrong in 2008.Read the rest of Karen Armstrong discusses the Charter for Compassion.
A newly published report from the Pew Forum Religion and Public Life shows that Americans seemingly know very little about religious faiths, including their own.Read the rest of Pew poll shows Americans lack religious “knowledge”.
The Florida televangelist Bill Keller, who has spearheaded a plan to build a “Christian center” as a counterpoint to the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” has managed to anger both sides of the Park51 debate.Read the rest of “9/11 Christian Center” Pastor provokes ire on all sides.
The New York Times reports that several health studies on clergy show that clergy members “now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.”Read the rest of Clergy urged to take it easy.
In this week’s New York Times Sunday Book Review, Max Rodenbeck has an essay on two recent books on Islam: Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East, by Bernard Lewis, and Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam, by Fred M. Donner. Rodenbeck suggests that these two works, though both published quite recently, are representative of two very different approaches to the history of Islam.Read the rest of Muslim political history: two views from the West.
Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason and a contributor to the On Faith column at The Washington Post, has recently argued that the oil spill (more like a leak in my opinion) is being headed by Unreason.Read the rest of A Response to Susan Jacoby on the Oil Spill.