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August 2010 Archives

The In-Box That Ate Manhattan: Setting Limits for Facebook, Twitter, and Email

posted by Jana Riess

No, I haven’t yet read The Shallows, the recent non-fiction book that everyone’s talking about. It claims that the more time we spend on the Internet, the more shallow and ignorant we become. I wouldn’t know. I’ve been too busy […]

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“Emorgent”: Can a Mormon Be an Emergent Christian?

posted by Jana Riess

Over the last five years I have become passionate about what’s going on in the “emerging church conversation,” a grassroots network of Christian thinkers, mostly skewing younger, who claim a grace-full Christian faith that’s grounded in the teachings of Jesus […]

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Baal vs. God. Advantage, God! This Week in the Twible (1 Kings 21 – 2 Kings 4)

posted by Jana Riess

It’s been an exciting week for the Twible. Thanks to an article in the Guardian on Sunday, there are new Twible fans in far-flung places like New Zealand, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Australia, Bhutan, the UK and the Czech Republic. Welcome […]

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Why Are Jews Funnier Than Christians?

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve been reading The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew. Written by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, who brought us the equally hilarious Yiddish with Dick and Jane, the book […]

Mormon Women Talk About Priesthood, Temples, Jobs, and Kids: Claudia Bushman’s New Oral History Project

posted by Jana Riess

Earlier this month I sat down with Claudia Bushman in Salt Lake City, where I had the pleasure of interviewing her about the latest of her many projects: an oral history of Mormon women in the twentieth century. Claudia, a […]

Which E-Reader Should I Buy?

posted by Jana Riess

It’s time. It’s finally time! This fall, I am going to buy an e-reader.  I want your advice. Kindle or Nook? Or — wallet gulp — iPad? I know a lot of book people believe in their stout paper hearts […]

Great Twitter Bibles to Follow

posted by Jana Riess

A number of people have contacted me this week to tell me that someone else has started tweeting out the Bible a chapter a day, news that was carried on CNN and aol.com. A British man, Chris Juby, has just […]

What Will Happen in The Hunger Games? Spoilers & Speculations About Suzanne Collins’s “Mockingjay”

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I’m counting the days until Tuesday’s release of Mockingjay, the final installment in Suzanne Collins‘s Hunger Games series. Apparently I’m not the only one, because the book is listed as the #1 bestselling […]

7 Reasons Why Sharon Baker Wants to Raze Hell

posted by Jana Riess

Do you believe in hell? 59% of Americans do, including 92% of weekly churchgoers. If you do believe, what does hell look like for you? Sharon Baker, a professor of theology at Messiah College, found out she was going to […]

Elise Erikson Barrett on What Not to Say After a Miscarriage

posted by Jana Riess

Anyone who has ever had a miscarriage knows that well-meaning people, people who love you, will sometimes say things that they intend to make you feel better but actually have the opposite effect. I asked Elise Erikson Barrett, author of […]

Dull Mormon Sacrament Meetings Revisited: Guest Blogger Lisa Tait Takes Me to Task

posted by Jana Riess

Last month I posted what proved to be a controversial opinion piece about five reasons I feel that Mormon sacrament meetings are not spiritually engaging. Thank you to everyone who read the piece and took the time to offer feedback. […]

How Much is Enough? This Week in the Twible, Solomon’s Wealth (1 Kings 7-13)

posted by Jana Riess

We have a short Twible post this week as I’ve been on vacation …. This week’s Twible entries showcase Solomon’s increasing decadence and life of luxury. Since I’m just coming back from a lovely warm island where I’ve eaten ridiculously […]

Mormon Teens, Protestant Teens: A Review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s “Almost Christian”

posted by Jana Riess

Did you see this article in USA Today yesterday? The upshot is that Protestant teens are skipping church in record numbers. They rarely even come for the pizza anymore. This development didn’t come out of nowhere. Throughout the last decade, […]

Is the Bible Pro-Immigrant?: A Q&A with Ben Daniel about “Neighbor”

posted by Jana Riess

This month, Westminster John Knox is pleased to publish the new book Neighbor: Christian Encounters with “Illegal” Immigration. Author Ben Daniel sits down with Flunking Sainthood to discuss his book, the role of immigration in the Bible, and the new […]

Digital Explosion! New Stats on the Information Revolution

posted by Jana Riess

The back page of Newsweek often has some interesting factoids about cultural change. In the July 26 issue, the focus was on exactly how much the digital revolution has changed our lives in just the last ten years. I was […]

What Is the Future of Mormonism?

posted by Jana Riess

This week on Patheos.com, people are talking about the Future of Mormonism. Patheos has solicited guest posts from a number of different scholars and church leaders (a partial list is below; the final group includes LDS Public Affairs Director Mike […]

Solomon: Wise Ruler or Totalitarian Dictator? This Week in the Twible (1 Kings 1-6)

posted by Jana Riess

I have a like-hate relationship with Solomon. He’s a Tony Soprano character, ruthless on the one hand while unexpectedly blessed with wisdom on the other. How does Solomon get to be king, anyway? He’s fourth in line. He’s that guy […]

New Testament Scholar Marcus Borg Tries His Hand at Fiction: A Review of “Putting Away Childish Things”

posted by Jana Riess

Marcus Borg opens his first novel, Putting Away Childish Things, with an admission: it’s going to be didactic. He sees it as a teaching novel, “the only kind of novel [he] can imagine writing.” He goes on to disarm the […]

Dear Chelsea Clinton: Unsolicited Advice from the Trenches of Interfaith Marriage

posted by Jana Riess

Dear Chelsea, Congratulations on your new marriage! I know that some people are upset that you and your new husband have broken with tradition and chosen to have an interfaith marriage. Some people seem to be blaming you personally for […]

Can Anne Rice Stay a Christian Outside the Catholic Church?

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve been a fan of Anne Rice‘s writing for many years: the vampire fiction, the overtly Catholic fiction about the life of Christ, and more recently, her beautiful memoir Called Out of Darkness, in which she chronicles her journey out […]

The Gospel Doctrine Teacher: Ben Spackman’s Weekly Podcast

posted by Jana Riess

It’s Mormon Monday again at Flunking Sainthood, and since I am on vacation — well, sort of; I am finishing a book — I’m pleased to point readers toward something of good report in Mormondom. Ben Spackman, a very astute […]

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