Godbeat cop Terry Mattingly accuses the Los Angeles Times of pro-SSM bias for calling its advocates “reformists.” Nope.
Author Archives: Mark Silk
About Mark Silk
Mark Silk graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and earned his Ph.D. in medieval history from Harvard University in 1982. After teaching at Harvard in the Department of History and Literature for three years, he became editor of the Boston Review.
In 1987 he joined the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked variously as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist.
In 1996 he became the founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and in 1998 founding editor of Religion in the News, a magazine published by the Center that examines how the news media handle religious subject matter. In 2005, he was named director of the Trinity College Program on Public Values, comprising both the Greenberg Center and a new Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture directed by Barry Kosmin. In 2007, he became Professor of Religion in Public Life at the College.
Professor Silk is the author of "Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II" and "Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America." He is co-editor of "Religion by Region," an eight-volume series on religion and public life in the United States, and co-author of "The American Establishment," "Making Capitalism Work," and "One Nation Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics." He inaugurated "Spiritual Politics" in 2007.
Pope Francis’ call for structural economic reforms harks back to the American bishops’ 1984 economic pastoral — and then some.
Amid the outpouring of remembrance and assessment marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, there has been a notable lack of attention to the significance of his presidency for religion in public life.
I confess I was pretty excited to read on Huffpost that the Vatican had cleaned up some third-century catacomb frescos and unveiled a female figure with arms raised, acting like a priest. Holy Da Vinci Code!
Every 70,000 years or so, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap, permitting those of us who celebrate both to recall the Miracle of the Turkey. It goes something like this.
To say that the Pew Research Center’s survey of U.S. Jews has had an impact on its subject population is an understatement. In synagogues and federations across America, it’s been the talk of the community since it was released last month, and for good reason.
I haven’t seen any reports on what the former president said last night at the big annual fundraiser thrown by the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Irving, Texas, but I figure that as an evangelical Christian he’s entitled to want to bring everybody to Jesus, including us Jews.
Or, why should Americans be able to use their religious scruples to refuse to provide commercial services to same-sex couples?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the Supreme Court will decide Town of Greece v. Galloway by declaring that the plaintiffs lacked the standing to challenge the Greece town council’s opening prayers. The Rochester suburb will thus be free to continue to begin its meetings with whatever prayers it likes.