Monthly Archives: December 2011

Jesus Toasters and Miracles on Demand

Writing for CNN’s “Belief Blog,” Steve Walsh notes that, “[f]rom telephone poles, to store receipts to a cheesy snack, people have claimed to see the image of Jesus Christ in all sorts of unconventional places,” and interpreted such phenomena as … Continue reading

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More on “Ordinary”

The other day I posted about how an anti-Muslim group got rhetorical traction in their criticism of Islam by suggesting that Muslims are not really ordinary. It reminded me of the following Daily Show clip, in which it is suggested that … Continue reading

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The Complexities of Tebowing

While Denver Broncos’ quarterback, Tim Tebow, has drawn increasingly sharp criticism, satirical imitation, and downright scorn for his public displays of faith, as well as the emergent movement  he has inspired (note the picture of a young women “Tebowing” beside … Continue reading

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The Weight of “Ordinary”

Lowe’s has recently come under fire for withdrawing its advertising from the TLC show, “All-American Muslim.” Apparently the withdrawal of advertising came following the prompting of an anti-Muslim advocacy group. According to his group, The Learning Channel’s new show All-American … Continue reading

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“Catholics Come Home”: Marketing for the Mass-es

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Catholics Come Home,” soon to be airing on multiple TV networks, represents a superb piece of marketing. The Catholic family, we are told, is comprised of human beings the world over and from all … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Teaching Cultural Diversity in the Elementary School Context: Is there a Place for the Study of Religion?

By Philip L. Tite For several months earlier this year I had the privilege of being involved with a private elementary school here in Seattle (working with children from pre-school to fifth grade), initially as a volunteer librarian during the … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room: Am I a Muslim?

I don’t tell my students my religious affiliation (or possible lack thereof) because I don’t want students to project bias onto me where none exists (and dismiss everything I say as a result). In my class on Judaism, Christianity, and … Continue reading

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