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The Man Who Started It All

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In WALKING THE BIBLE, he’s still sitting there forever, behind a cloud of smoke, saying, “People like me don’t have time to talk to people like you,” then calling me at home that night to introduce me to Avner. Now, […]

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Feiler Faster in Denver — Final Thoughts

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The last of my brother’s blogs. * * * I was on the floor the other day and came across a man of about forty who wore on his left breast what looked like a military medal. A small ribbon […]

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Feiler Faster in Denver — Day 3

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My brother’s dailiy blog from inside the hall. * * * President Carter addressed the Georgia delegation this morning. Recently, he said, he’d been interviewed by the editor of the British newspaper “The Guardian” and had been asked whether a […]

Feiler Faster in Denver — Day 2

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My brother’s latest blog. He’s the official photographer of the Georgia Delegation. * * * Considering I described myself yesterday as a pop culture moron, the funniest response I’ve gotten so far was, “Who’s Angela Bassett?” In the wake of […]

Feiler Faster in Denver — Day 1

posted by bfeiler

The latest entry from my brother’s convention blog. * * * Since American presidential elections are often described as horse races, it seems appropriate to say, “And they’re off!” The Convention was gaveled open today at 3:00 Mountain Time. Given […]

Feiler Faster in Denver — Day O

posted by bfeiler

I’m tied up in a family matter these days and unable to blog as much as I would like, but my brother is the official photographer with the Georgia Delegation at the Democratic National Convention. I’m pleased to post here […]

Black Jews Rising

posted by bfeiler

The AJC says the number is at 150,000 in the U.S. alone — and rising. The paper profiles a former evangelical couple who are making the conversion. “For a black male to put on a kipah and go wandering around […]

From Beliefnet

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Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

“Another Chapter Should Be Added to the Bible”

posted by bfeiler

Jesse Jackson on Barack Obama: “I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of […]

Joshua at AIPAC

posted by bfeiler

No Moses at AIPAC this morning, but Joshua! “Together, we can join our voices together, and in doing so make even the mightiest of walls fall down.” And a life narrative that aligns his story with the great Jewish story […]

More Moses, Please, Mr. Obama

posted by bfeiler

Three-year-olds can’t really know, but I tried to tell my daughters at breakfast what this morning really means: That anybody can grow up to be president of the United States. That anything really is possible. That pyramids can be flipped. […]

Britney, Pepsi, and God

posted by bfeiler

From a NYT profile of Lee Child: He is the sort of person who carefully outlines his replies, explaining that there are three reasons for this or two causes of that, and he has a mind that’s a midden of […]

Good News from Iran

posted by bfeiler

The headlins focus on the inflammatory rhetoric from the president, and John McCain ranted — and exaggerated — yesterday at AIPAC about Iran’s threat to Israel, but, once again, the real news is more subtle, and more promising. STATE DEPARTMENT […]

A Computer Tackles the Origin of God

posted by bfeiler

Its nickname: Evogod. God may work in mysterious ways, but a simple computer program may explain how religion evolved By distilling religious belief into a genetic predisposition to pass along unverifiable information, the program predicts that religion will flourish. However, […]

Got an Unreturned Library Book?

posted by bfeiler

Zogby has released a new survey of book-reading habits in America. Over 80% said they prefer to curl up with a printed book over using the latest in reading technology. Women (85%) are more likely than men (79%) to say […]

Hindus To Outnumber Christians in Britain?

posted by bfeiler

If current trends continue. These sorts of metrics are often silly — and this one seems so, too — but it does prove a point. Want a growing business: Converting churches into condos. European languages required. Church attendance in Britain […]

Did St. Paul Split the Red Sea?

posted by bfeiler

Apparently Italians think so. Cheer up, Americans, your Bible knowledge is better than Italians. Pasta is bad for your piety. Italy professes to be a Catholic nation – but a majority of Italians do not know “even the most basic […]

Did an Asteroid Cause Sodom and Gomorrah?

posted by bfeiler

This year’s newest explanation. A Cuneiform clay tablet which for over 150 years defied attempts at interpretation has been “revealed” to describe an asteroid impact which in 3123 BC hit Köfels, Austria, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction […]

Invoking Islam, Malaysia Proposes Women Can’t Travel Alone

posted by bfeiler

A friend in London who travels a lot around the world was visiting New York recently. We had a sobering conversation in which this very sophisticated traveler, who’s written numerous books about China, said she concerned that the growing impact […]

Moses and Reverend Wright

posted by bfeiler

The NYT looks at Black Liberation Theology and its declining significance in the black community — only a quarter of churches now follow the theology that stresses that God’s commitment to free the Israelites in the Bible, among other places, […]

Why John D. MacArthur Hired Dwarfs

posted by bfeiler

This detail from my reading pile. All NPR lovers have heard of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. They also fund the famed “genius” grants every year. But a new book, Eccentric Billionaire, focuses on their odd life. […]

Leftover Matzah

posted by bfeiler

For those of you lucky enough to get some. Here are some things to do with your leftovers.Hat tip: A certain Passover-hating friend.

How Many Kosher Kitches in the USA?

posted by bfeiler

Buried in a NYT story about Passover, this statistic. According to Lubicom, a marketing firm for the kosher food industry, about 350,000 households in the United States keep kosher kitchens year-round, a number that has gone up by 3 percent […]

Stockpiling: Not Just for Matzah Anymore

posted by bfeiler

The Bread and Mammon crowd, which is to say those who like to expalin American behavior with biblical precedents, should love this. We are once more defying the Bible. As the AP reports, “The two biggest U.S. warehouse retail chains […]

The Great Matzah Crisis of 2008

posted by bfeiler

It’s a fact! Both the NYT and the L.A. Daily News have now run breathless stories about the Plight of the Missing Matzahs (insert your own spelling here; a brief search of the NYT website finds three different spellings of […]

Obama and the Olympics

posted by bfeiler

Say what you will about the Tibet protestors, but as an act of brand warfare — tarnishing one of the most carefully cultivated worldwide brands ever created — they’ve done a masterful job. They’ve now got the torch cowering inside […]

Is Scarlett O’Hara Catching the Bible?

posted by bfeiler

No, but Harry Potter may be. Harris Interactive has released results of its Favorite Book of 2008. While The Bible is number one among each of the different demographic groups, there is a large difference in the number two favorite […]

Are Finger Plagues Ruining Passover?

posted by bfeiler

A friend and loyal reader of Feiler Faster sent along this email this morning: Even I, who thinks religion can’t sink much lower, had a hard time with this one…there’s a toy store [in Brooklyn] that’s on our way to […]

“I’ve Been to the Mountantop”

posted by bfeiler

I’ve been looking at YouTubes of King’s famous speech the night before he was killed — 40 years ago today. The speech is featured in my new book on Moses in America because of King’s famous references that he’d been […]

Godless Dictionaries

posted by bfeiler

I was looking at a Merriam-Webster dictionary on Amazon and came across this comment from a parent. Christian parents should know that this dictionary has only a generic, small case listing for “god” while listing “Allah” as a specific entity. […]

My Dad the Pundit

posted by bfeiler

From the Savannah News-Press: Sam Nunn for vice president? It sounds far-fetched. For one thing, the former U.S. senator from Georgia has said he’s not interested. For another, there is no indication that Barack Obama, apparently close to clinching the […]

Why Twins Are Not Identical (And Why JLo May Be Putting Hers in Jeopardy)

posted by bfeiler

Three years ago this week, my wife and I were counting down the days of her bedrest until she hit 36 weeks. We had been told that this was the gold standard for twin pregnancies. Thirty-six weeks was considered term, […]

Gorbachev Says He’s Not a Christian

posted by bfeiler

He’s an athiest, despite the rumors. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev made clear this past weekend that he is an atheist after European news agencies last week claimed that he had confirmed his Christian faith during a visit to the […]

Hapa Nation

posted by bfeiler

Peggy Ornstein writes in the NYT Magazine about an underdiscussed side of Barack Obama and the unspoken reality of Interfaith America: The rising number of bi-racial, cross-cultural Americans. The term of choice: Hapa. Mixed-race marriages were illegal in at least […]

Climbing Mount Sinai

posted by bfeiler

A blogger reports from the top of Jebel Musa in the Sinai. Found a spot and zipped ourselves up to get away from the cold. From inside the bag, we could hear the Nigerians singing. We could hear the Jewish […]

Sex and the Catholic Church

posted by bfeiler

Ben Smith points to an article about sex and the Catholic Church by Charles O’Byrne, adviser to what the tabs in NYC are calling the “Stud Gov,” David Patterson. O’Byrne is a former litigator and a Jesuit priest who married […]

Lost Prison Synagogue

posted by bfeiler

Pennsylvania is opening a long-shuttered prison synagogue to the public. The prison, now a tourist attraction, has not held prisoners in 35 years and the small synagogue had been largely neglected since then, seen only by a handful of historians, […]

Hillary Clinton’s Church Problem

posted by bfeiler

Barbara Ehrenrich reports that one reason Hillary has remained silent on Obama’s Wright problem is that she’s got her own church issues just waiting to burst into the open. There’s a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the […]

The Full Obama

posted by bfeiler

In response to the YouTube clips of Jeremiah Wright, Barrack Obama has now published an essay on the Huffington Post. He begins with the inevitable “rejecting and denouncing” that has now becoming routine in this campaign for everyone except John […]

McCain and the “Deception of Islam”

posted by bfeiler

David Corn points the spotlight on John McCain’s newest spiritual adviser, who said America was founded to put a stop to Islam. Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to […]

A Second Muslim in Congress

posted by bfeiler

A second Muslim was elected to the U.S. House this week. Democrat Andre Carson won Tuesday’s special election to succeed his grandmother, the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson, and fill out the final 10 months of her term. Carson’s win […]

Tony Blair to Teach Religious Reconciliation at Yale

posted by bfeiler

My alma mater gets some heat to go with its light and truth: Blair, who stepped down as prime minister last year after 10 years in power, was to lecture on faith and globalization as the Howland Distinguished Fellow, and […]

Was Moses High on Drugs?

posted by bfeiler

I realize I’ve been a little slow on blogging lately, but I’m about 140 weeks into a 142-week procees of writing a book about the influence of Moses on American history. The book, which is still wandering in the desert […]

Brand Obama

posted by bfeiler

Ben Smith points to an interview with the designer Michael Beirut about the candidate’s “branding,” elements of which are a nice metaphor for the general consistency of his message: He’s the first candidate, actually, who’s had a coherent, top-to-bottom, 360-degree […]

FeilerFaster on CNN

posted by bfeiler

My friend Whitney Tilson was kind enough to make a YouTube of my appearance on CNN discussing the new Pew study on religion in America. It may be a tad slow, and the sound may be out of sync, but […]

A Little Sun in the Snow

posted by bfeiler

Central Maine caucuses for WALKING THE BIBLE on Thursday nights. Central Mainers can “visit” the Holy Land while discussing “Walking The Bible,” by journalist Bruce Feiler, at St. Matthew’s Intersection Book Club beginning Thursday, Feb. 7. Sessions will also include […]

WALKING THE BIBLE for Lent

posted by bfeiler

A blogger reflects. I have to admit I’ve never really LIKED this particular season, Lent. It has always seemed so gloomy. I don’t like morose approaches to faith and life in general. One of my colleagues said to me light-heartedly […]

New Jersey = Russia?

posted by bfeiler

As the world markets wince, a startling view of the power of the U.S. economy. Source. [The full map may not appear on all screens, click on the link to see that the New Jersey economy is the size of […]

Feiler Slower

posted by bfeiler

Happy New Year Everyone, I’ll be on the road over the holidays, and taking time to finish the draft of my new book, so in the meantime, here are a few end-of-the-year awards. Correction of the Year. Is Dunkin’ Donuts […]

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More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Feiler Faster. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Movie Mom Inspiration Report Happy Reading!!! ...

posted 9:04:13am Jul. 10, 2012 | read full post »

The Man Who Started It All
In WALKING THE BIBLE, he's still sitting there forever, behind a cloud of smoke, saying, "People like me don't have time to talk to people like you," then calling me at home that night to introduce me to Avner. Now, nearing 100, he has finally ...

posted 10:32:33pm Oct. 06, 2008 | read full post »

Feiler Faster in Denver -- Final Thoughts
The last of my brother's blogs. * * * I was on the floor the other day and came across a man of about forty who wore on his left breast what looked like a military medal. A small ribbon pinned to his chest with a medallion hanging from it. It ...

posted 9:16:57pm Aug. 30, 2008 | read full post »

Feiler Faster in Denver -- Day 3
My brother's dailiy blog from inside the hall. * * * President Carter addressed the Georgia delegation this morning. Recently, he said, he'd been interviewed by the editor of the British newspaper "The Guardian" and had been asked whether a ...

posted 12:25:22pm Aug. 28, 2008 | read full post »

Feiler Faster in Denver -- Day 2
My brother's latest blog. He's the official photographer of the Georgia Delegation. * * * Considering I described myself yesterday as a pop culture moron, the funniest response I've gotten so far was, "Who's Angela Bassett?" In the wake of ...

posted 10:28:13am Aug. 27, 2008 | read full post »

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