Finding Religion

Christopher Hitchens has a new book – God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.  Jack Miles is distinguished professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine and the general editor of the forthcoming “The Norton Anthology of World Religions.”  In the Sunday, April 29 Los Angeles Times Book Review, he didn’t much like the Hitchens book.  That’s okay – the Times here just cut its Sunday book review by two-thirds and may dump it altogether.  They’re also about to dump seventy more newsroom people – a lot of award-winning journalists will be looking for work.  The newspaper will soon be not much more than a gossip rag with display ads – the widely respected editors left months ago. The shareholders expect profit, and if people want news and book reviews, they can look elsewhere.


In any event, the commentary on that book is not here.  It seemed best to put in it a photo essay (really).  Some things need visuals.  See Finding Religion at the sister site, Just Above Sunset Photography.


One of the illustrations…


Jesus Billboard, La Brea at Rosewood, Los Angeles, Sunday, April 29, 2007



About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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