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CFP for New Book on Joss Whedon and Theology!

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, over at Theofantastique is a CFP for a proposed volume on Joss Whedon & theology: CALL FOR PAPERS Joss Whedon and Theology The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and […]

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How American is “All-American Muslim”?: Not Enough

posted by Jana Riess

The news is filled today with reports that Lowe’s and other major corporations have pulled advertising from the new TLC series All-American Muslim, caving to the demands of the right-wing Florida Family Association. The FFA says it is concerned that […]

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A Joel Osteen Reality Show . . . Seriously?

posted by Jana Riess

Today on Twitter a notice flashed by about a Joel Osteen reality show, and I thought it was a joke. It’s actually not. Or if it is, it’s not intended to be. Entertainment Weekly reports that Osteen, who pastors a […]

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Masada’s Women: A Review of Alice Hoffman’s “The Dovekeepers”

posted by Jana Riess

When I was nineteen years old I traveled for a month in Israel as part of a college Wintersession experience. Israel is always a contentious place, but especially at that time during the height of the intifada; any naïve idealism […]

The Moral of “Colonial House”: Academics Like Me Are Entirely Useless

posted by Jana Riess

As part of our family’s homeschooling in American history, I’ve been revisiting the old PBS series Colonial House, in which about two dozen contemporary people recreate New England of 1628 by living for several months in a replica colony that […]

Our Monsters, Ourselves: Great Halloween Reading

posted by Jana Riess

I’m not much of a horror film aficionado, but of course I enjoy some of the darker sci fi, like the feminist fairy tale that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So I was intrigued to pick up the new book […]

Part 3: Still More Live Royal Wedding Blogging

posted by Jana Riess

10:40: Settling in to eggs, toast, and pilfered Easter candy. Oh, NOW the dog wakes up. 10:48: Not only does the queen look wonderful in yellow, but it seems a symbolic choice, like she has high hopes that this union […]

Part 2: More Royal Wedding Live Blogging!

posted by Jana Riess

9:41: Hey, good news!  Apparently it’s not just British women who can carry off great hats. Carrie from Ohio has a little red top hat. Ohio women like me have all been rehabilitated. Everyone, drink your tea. 9:47: Aaaaaaaw, it’s […]

Live Blogging the Royal Wedding

posted by Jana Riess

3:37 a.m. Aaaaugh! Insomnia again. Well, at least there’s something interesting to watch on TV. Forget about my plans to TiVo the royal wedding and see it tonight. Now I will be watching with millions of other people! It’s, like, […]

Why We’re Still Peeking Upstairs and Downstairs with the BBC

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve got a post today over at The Thoughtful Christian about the enduring popularity of British class melodramas (Upstairs, Downstairs; Downton Abbey; The Cazalet Chronicles) in America. Why, in an allegedly classless society, do these stories about interclass tensions have […]

I Hate the SyFy Network

posted by Jana Riess

Warning: Rant to ensue imminently. This week marked the sudden demise of SyFy’s series Caprica, a spinoff prequel to Battlestar Galactica that starred Eric Stoltz as the troubled scientist who first created Cylons. It would have been nice to know […]

Ingalls Gone Wilder: Tania Rands Lyon on Three “Little House” Tell-All Memoirs

posted by Jana Riess

For Christmas this year, my daughter received a two-episode DVD of Little House on the Prairie Christmas shows. We watched one yesterday, and I was all a-blubber. Thanks to guest blogger Tania Lyon for reminding me of why I loved […]

The First Church of “Glee”: Why I Am a Convert

posted by Jana Riess

I never intended to become addicted to another television show. For starters, I don’t have the time. But a  compelling secondary reason is that too many of the shows I have allowed myself to fall in love with in recent […]

A Glenn Beck Haiku / Contest Can Be Cathartic! / Poetic Justice

posted by Jana Riess

Fun, fun! The Religion News Service blog is reporting that representatives of Jewish Funds for Justice have received over 1,000 entries so far in their Glenn Beck haiku contest.They’re particularly interested in people’s haiku comebacks to Beck’s controversial statements in […]

Demon Seeks Exorcist, Good-Looking, 25-35: Casting Call for New Show on the Discovery Channel

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, I received the casting call below from Stephanie Frasco, who asked me to post it to the blog. The Discovery Channel is seeking a swashbuckling young exorcist type to co-host a documentary series on eeeeeee-vil. So if you dream […]

Kate Gosselin Gets Religion: A New Book from “Kate Plus 8″ Star on Family and Faith

posted by Jana Riess

I blame my mother for introducing me to the Gosselin family. During one of her visits last year, TLC was running a marathon of Jon & Kate Plus 8, and Mom was glued to the screen. I watched several episodes […]

Welcome to Flunking Sainthood

posted by Jana Riess

Welcome! If you’re here, I’m assuming it’s because you enjoy discovering the lighter side in the world of religion, or because you’re interested in reviews of new books and TV shows, or because my mother told you to come and […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
"First Mitt won Iowa, then he lost Iowa? That's a classic Romney flip-flop." --Stephen Colbert     Working with the theory that there hasn't been nearly enough attention to Mormonism and politics this year, what with it being ...

posted 11:09:19am Jan. 23, 2012 | read full post »

Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, ...

posted 8:47:20pm Jan. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Fun with the Book of Lamentations
Actually, no. That title was just a ...

posted 11:33:13am Jan. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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