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Religion News Porridge: Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right?

My ancestors defined the “golden mean” as the middle ground between extremes; moderation in all things. A few thousand years later, Goldilocks and three bears made a similar discovery about ideal food temperature and furniture comfort.

This Greek philosophy seems to have no place in 21st century journalism, with our ever-expanding universe of media outlets — mainstream, partisan, corporate, independent, monthly, weekly, hourly, etc. — fighting for fragmented audiences, giving people what they want vs. what they need (ice cream vs. broccoli) and struggling to survive budget cuts, technological advances and shrinking attention spans. It’s an obvious issue for political news, especially during a presidential campaign, but the “well curve” applies to religion news, too.


I’ve been blogging here for nearly two years, aggregating from an RSS feed of several dozen secular-to-religious, conservative-to-progressive, multimedia faith news sources. I thought this would be a good time to review them, taking into account your thoughts on which ones you like, which ones you take with a pillar of salt, and feedback on any I should drop or add:

(There are even more, if you count Twitter feeds I follow and websites or publications I read less frequently. But this is a good start.)


What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Jason Pitzl-Waters

posted December 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

If I may engage in a bit of blatant self-promotion, you should check out The Wild Hunt for news regarding the modern Pagan communities.

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Eva Stavrinides

posted December 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I always look forward to your “Freaky Friday” articles:)

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