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Jesus Plus Nothing, Minus Somalia

How Christian fundamentalism helped turn Somalia into the next staging ground for Islamic radicalism.

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Ensign’s “Christian Mafia”

More news from the Senator John Ensign / Family scandal: Turns out Ensign, lacking the fortitude to fire his mistress/employee, had the Family do it for him. The Family likes to call themselves “the Christian Mafia”; in this case, they acted like Sen. Ensign’s consigliere. Read an excerpt from my book, The Family, in Mother…

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Chosen

King David as a model for present-day political power. An excerpt from The Family.

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The Dude’s Prayer

I’ve been doing a lot of local radio shows around the country in support of the paperback edition of my book, The Family. This morning I was a guest on a program down south that maybe didn’t go so well. The host asked, “Do you have a website you want to us know about?” And…

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CNN’s Demonic Attack

Since I first wrote about Washington’s most exclusive religious club, The Family, and its prayer breakfast movement, I’ve often been scolded by political centrists who insist that the National Prayer Breakfast and its spin-off events are mild-mannered, ecumenical affairs, far removed from the fundamentalism of the fringe. There are countless counter-examples, but here’s one that…

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Joining the Family

I’m the black sheep of an academic family — my father is a retired Sovietologist, my sister a scholar of Arabic literature, my brother-in-law an Ottomanist, my wife an American historian, and my mother was an editor for the State University of New York Press. I, alone, lack a higher degree, and the diploma I…

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Jeff Sharlet’s The Family

I imagine the site will get some traffic today from fans of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” on which I’m a guest on today’s program to discuss my book

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Michael Jackson, Mark Sanford, & the Synagogue of Satan

After ignoring the most politically influential religious group in Washington for decades, the Washington Post is going big with the revelation that randy Republicans Mark Sanford and John Ensign both sought spiritual solace in the C Street House of the Family, aka the Fellowship. I happen to have written a book about The Family, so…

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Upcoming Events, TV

This weekend, you can wind up your shabbat, warm up for church, get ready to party, or nurse a hangover with a KtB-related panel discussion! On Saturday, April 18, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 19, at 8:30 AM, C-Span’s BookTV will broadcast a panel discussion about Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person,…

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Some Love for My Loveless Universe

A while back, one of the deans of Christian conservatism, Marvin Olasky, invited me to the Empire State Building office from which he edits World magazine to quiz me on my spiritual condition and its relation to my recent book, The Family, in which Marvin appears a few times. I thought we had as lovely…

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Bump

A New Testament spin on an Old Testament game.