Tim Pawlenty, Bad Fundamentalist

After producing a truly epic book advertisement, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty sat down for an interview with Christianity Today. Two of his answers early in the interview jumped out at me:   Your book encourages Christians to be involved in public issues. At what point might Christians rely too much on political solutions to current problems? I … Continue reading Tim Pawlenty, Bad Fundamentalist

Pawlenty stars in American Civil Religion: The Movie

Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota and an unofficial candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, has released one heck of a political ad that masquerades as a book ad that looks like a movie trailer. The ad runs only a minute and fifteen seconds but it packs in a flurry of American religious and civic … Continue reading Pawlenty stars in American Civil Religion: The Movie

GOP Hopeful Herman Cain: Jesus was “The Perfect Conservative”

There's now officially a hat in the ring—or is it a pizza? Herman Cain, the man who saved Godfather's Pizza and argued against Bill Clinton's attempt at health care reform, has started a presidential exploratory committee. In a profile on Cain at Slate, David Weigel describes Cain's popularity among the Tea Party folk: When Cain speaks at conservative … Continue reading GOP Hopeful Herman Cain: Jesus was “The Perfect Conservative”

Religion Dispatches: Zeitgeist A Blend Of Skepticism, Metaphysical Spirituality, and Conspiracy

As Sarah noted, Good Morning America reported last week that Jared Loughner had been influenced by the documentary Zeitgeist, a film that depicts Christianity, 9/11, and federal banking as conspiracies meant for social control. Since that report, the internet has been abuzz with attempts to locate Zeitgeist—and Loughner—on either the right or the left. Much of the analysis of Zeitgeist … Continue reading Religion Dispatches: Zeitgeist A Blend Of Skepticism, Metaphysical Spirituality, and Conspiracy

My Notes from the 2011 AHA and ASCH meetings

I've seen more snow at home in Atlanta than I did up in Boston. Weird. I spent a whirlwind two days up in Boston for the meetings of the American Historical Association and its smaller, more religious cousin, the American Society of Church History. There was plenty of religious history goodness to be had, but … Continue reading My Notes from the 2011 AHA and ASCH meetings

Methodists and India: Mapping, Contact, and Travel in the Christian Advocate, 1860-1890

As I posted last week, this weekend I presented a paper on the topic of Methodist Media to the American Society of Church History at this year's American Historical Association meeting. Below is my paper from the panel. Methodists and India: Mapping, Contact and Travel in the Christian Advocate, 1860-1890 Michael J. Altman, Emory University … Continue reading Methodists and India: Mapping, Contact, and Travel in the Christian Advocate, 1860-1890

Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message

If you're in Boston or headed to Boston for the AHA be sure to come check out my panel on Methodist media. I'm talking about representations of Hinduism in the Methodist Christian Advocate and Emory's own Russ Richey will be responding to the panel. It should be a great time. 125th Annual Meeting (January 6-9, … Continue reading Methodist Media: Comparing Means of Communicating the Message

Things Sacred & Profane: Sacred Constitution, Jerry Brown, Mormon politics, and an atheist Bible reader

The recitation of the Constitution in the House renews the debate over Founders' intentions. Peter Berger on "Conservative Christians and the Sexual Revolution" Romney and Reid: Does Mormonism matter in politics? An atheist who is spending a year reading through the King James Bible. California's new (but not completely new) governor, Jerry Brown, trained with Jesuits, … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: Sacred Constitution, Jerry Brown, Mormon politics, and an atheist Bible reader

Things Sacred & Profane: Natural Theology, Islam’s Billy Graham, and Mormons on Immigration

Why Stephen Hawking’s attempt to banish natural theology only shows why we need it. Amr Khaled’s TV preaching has made him Islam’s answer to Billy Graham – and he’s mounting a direct attack on the terror camps of Yemen Among Mormons, a deep divide on immigration Catholic Hospitals vs. the Bishops The “Business” of Being … Continue reading Things Sacred & Profane: Natural Theology, Islam’s Billy Graham, and Mormons on Immigration