Dan Brown’s America

From the New York Times: The movie treatment of his novel, “Angels and Demons,” is cleaning up at the box office this week. The sequel to “The DaVinci Code,” due out in November, might buoy the publishing industry through the recession. And if you want to understand the state of American religion, you need to understand why so many people love Dan Brown. Read More

America’s Bible

by Debra Dean Murphy
It’s a little surprising that it took this long but here it is, The American Patriot’s Bible, the latest in a long line of niche-marketed Bibles. (And one that really does take the cake in that literary sub-genre).

A mischievous review at amazon.com strikes just the right tone: incredulous irony. What else can you do but shake your head? Can we hope that the publication is about eight years too late?

King and the Kingdom

Today as we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s easy to forget how despised King was in his own time by many on the right and the left, by many within the church and outside it. As the frequency of his public speeches increased toward the end of his life so did his visible rage; as his preaching evolved in the last years, he moved from what Richard Lischer has called a “homiletics of identification” to a “homiletics of confrontation.” The radical politics of the Kingdom that King envisioned—for the church and the nation—did not endear him to either; it got him killed. Read more