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Media ignore intelligent Christian voices

Catholic World News - October 15, 2010

Among the prominent “talking heads” who discuss current events on TV talk shows, few are religious and fewer still are experts on religion, notes Francis Beckwith. He observes:

What seems to dominate our media culture is the unspoken and undefended understanding that religious belief may never rise to the level of knowledge, or that believers can never possess reasonable arguments for their points of view. This is why you rarely if ever see on any of the major news programs intelligent, winsome apologists for the Christian perspective taking on people like Maher.

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  • Posted by: stpetric - Oct. 16, 2010 7:16 PM ET USA

    It's not just the secular media: EWTN's "talking heads" during the pope's recent trip to England were risibly ignorant about Anglicanism. (One asserted that Alcoholics Anonymous was an outgrowth of the Oxford Movement, when it actually was influenced by the Oxford Group Movement, which was a very different thing!)

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 16, 2010 12:07 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Sheen would never be invited on television today, too. With the recent decision to exclude regular programming of religious content on PBS, the only recourse is for Catholic television and radio stations to succeed. We should then take a page from public broadcasting and bring secular personalities and politicians in for interviews. It might work afterall, how many politicians can resist TV or hearing their own voice?

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Oct. 16, 2010 8:45 AM ET USA

    This is so true. Even the best, most balanced talking head forums discuss religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as a sort of private oddity, like a slightly addled aunt who lives upstairs and who occasionaly makes an embarassing appearance amongst proper folk. And that's the BEST view that's out there.

  • Posted by: doceo4186 - Oct. 15, 2010 7:52 PM ET USA

    Amen! God bless Bill O'Reilly for trying, but his repeated statements about the "potential" human being killed by abortion made me cringe. Is that the best the media can do?

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