The number one article right now on the New York Times website is
Frank Rich misleadingly quotes Christianity Today, implying that the great evangelical magazine supports Oprah's religious beliefs.
Five years ago, Christianity Today, the evangelical journal founded by Billy Graham, approvingly described Oprah as “an icon of church-free spirituality” whose convictions “cannot simply be dismissed as superficial civil religion or so much New Age psychobabble.”
Rich totally cites these phrases out of their context. In fact, the Christianity Today article graciously but firmly cites a number of things that are very problematic about Oprah's spirituality. Here is one of the final lines in the Christianity Today article,
"What the Oprah phenomenon . . . shows . . .is that this brand of spirituality is ultimately unsatisfying."
Here is the link to the Christianity Today story:
Oprah viewers and all Christians should read the Christianity Today article. While Oprah is a great person, Christians need to realize her advice is not necessarily Christian advice and viewers should think more critically before accepting her brand of spirituality.
I am appalled that Christianity Today was misquoted in an article that thousands of people are reading. No doubt most of them will not realize that Christianity Today is being misquoted. I commend Frank Rich for providing the link to the original Christianity Today story in his article so that people can easily find out how badly he misconstrued it.
I am not saying that Barack Obama's religious faith is likewise a problem. He seems to be a serious Christian. I have put below in bullets a few stories about his faith. I am not saying I support Obama. I am going to refrain from citing my opinions on presidential politics.
Below are a few links to articles about Obama's faith. It differs from Oprah's.
- Obama's speech to Call to Renewal in June 2006 is especially helpful to listen to if you are interested in learning about his faith. The transcript and MP3 of the talk are both at Obama's website here.
- You can also read the transcript of his speech on AIDS at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in December 2006 here.
- Evangelical? Obama's faith too complex for simple label January 19, 2007 Chicago Sun-Times.
- A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith April 30, 2007 New York Times.