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March 7, 2013
Since the catastrophe of September 11, ordinary Americans have sought reliable and easily accessible information about Islam and Muslims–people who are now their neighbors, co-workers, bosses, and so on. However, an intellectual gap exists between what an American typically sees in the sensationalism of media and where the reality, in all its complexity, lies.
February 28, 2013
In the wake of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner's recent crimes, media attention to his manifesto, "Last Resort," has focused on Dorner's description of racism within that police department and on the disturbing madness of his comments.
February 25, 2013
Commenting on "Christian Pop," if one is not at home in it, is precarious and will doubtless reveal how out of it the commentator is. So I wander in with a sense of mission. If "public religion" is the field of our notice, overlooking "trendy hip-hop, dubstep, funk and synch pop beats" would be to miss some very public expressions.
February 22, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Monday, February 11, 2013, has raised many questions about papal qualifications. In a recent post on the blog Think Progress, researcher and writer Jack Jenkins has enumerated some recent trends in papal attributes, which include fluency in several languages, having reached at least a certain age, and sharing the views of their predecessor.
February 18, 2013
Students of world religions sometimes speak in puzzlement about the long-held claim that "religion is a private affair." Part of that claim is based on something notable and no doubt laudable. In my tradition, Martin Luther said that just as everyone must die for him/her self, each must believe for her/himself. Here private=personal.
February 4, 2013
"Public Religion" or "Religion-in-Public," our cause, appears in blogs, films, on TV and radio, and in zillions of sources which together dwarf the coverage in print media, our main source. Occasionally I sample them by reporting and reflecting on one day. At 4:44 a.m. our newspaperwomen drop two NY/National and two Chicago papers at our condo door.
February 4, 2013
"Public Religion" or "Religion-in-Public," our cause, appears in blogs, films, on TV and radio, and in zillions of sources which together dwarf the coverage in print media, our main source. Occasionally I sample them by reporting and reflecting on one day. At 4:44 a.m. our newspaperwomen drop two NY/National and two Chicago papers at our condo door.
January 31, 2013
Amidst the 2012-end apocalyptic fantasies, the customary commodified Christmastime God-talk, and the usual yarns of saviors and demons in Hollywood's holiday blockbuster season, Life of Pi stood out as an unusually overt pop-culture philosophy of religion teaching moment.

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