Progressive Revival
January 2009 Archives

Ok, I had to get a little Jeremiah Wright off my chest because the disgusting behavior of Wall Street while our economy crumbles has made it tough to maintain equanimity.     The rip off disgrace of Bernie Madeoff, the spa adventures of […]

Bob Herbert wrote his column today in the New York Times about the political power of prayer to make peace in Liberia as documented in Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The next time someone says to you that religion is […]

Arianna Huffington reports that while most of the mood of the participants in Davos was grim, their was an uipsurge in religious talk: If bankers and politicians were stocks, the people here would be shorting them (although there is definitely still a “buy” […]

Joshua Dubois appears to have been named the director of  the Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. According to the New York Times, the President and Dubois are looking for new ways to make this organization work for the common good.  […]

Part 2 Transcript This is the White House transcript of President Obama’s interview with Hisham Melhem of al Arabiya television Internal Transcript January 26, 2009 INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY HISHAM MELHEM, AL ARABIYA Map Room 5:46 P.M. EST Q […]

Katherine Marshal is the former director of the religion and development program at the World Bank.  She has been tracking international responses to the election of Barack Obama and wrote about reactions from the Muslim world to the inauguration which ends with […]

Benedict XVI continues to take heat on two fronts since last weekend’s reinstatement of four far-right, schismatic bishops: from Catholics anywhere to the left of Franco are upset at the implicit repudiation of Vatican II, and from Jews who are […]

Adelle M. Banks and Kevin Eckstrom give this analysis of President Obama’s inclusive religous inauguration and what it indicates for his approach to religion in the fture.  A couple of Progressive Revival bloogers weighed in: Randall Balmer: “If the inauguration is any […]

It looks like Obama was a bit too inclusive last Tuesday when he included non-believers in his inaugural address:  “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, […]

Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners issued this statement today on  the manner that President Obama made his decision to reverse the policy that restricted federal money for any international NGO that provides or promotes abortion as part of family planning efforts.   […]