A time or two in recent weeks, I’ve written here about the way the media cover religion – not very well, is the short answer, though there are exceptions.
One of the best religion writers around is Mark I. Pinsky of the Orlando Sentinel (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/). He’s written a piece in the new issue of the Columbia Journalism Review about how he learned to understand and cover Christian evangelicals, people he had little experience with as a Jew born in Miami and raised in New Jersey.
It’s well worth a read, and you can find it at: http://tinyurl.com/5g7hg.
In the end, his experience is a lesson in getting to know and understand the nuances and complexities of people who might seem to us, from the outside, all alike. Mark says his more complete understanding of evangelicals (a term that hides as much as it reveals) has given his coverage of religion more depth.
It’s a lesson that can apply to almost all aspects of our lives.
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