Best Religious Nut (2011)

Not all religious nuts are born-again equal. Our favorite is Dan Gilgoff, the New York-based co-editor of the CNN Belief Blog. Immersed in all things religious while at the same time not losing his mind, Gilgoff runs (with co-editor Eric Marrapodi) the best mainstream blog on religion. You wouldn't expect normally staid and relentless cautious CNN to be your savior on such matters, but Gilgoff and crew do an excellent fact-checking job on the reckless and careless and downright untruthful way that religious words and symbols are cast around. They're not anti-religious, but check out, for example "Actually, That's Not in the Bible," a piece by CNN's John Blake that Gilgoff and crew gave us this summer. Gilgoff isn't just an editor. He pitches in, and he's got the cred to do so. He might be best-known so far for his 2008 book The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America Are Winning the Culture War. Before helping to resurrect CNN's religious coverage, he was politics editor at Beliefnet and a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report. Gilgoff's a perfect guy to lead you through the minefield of faith-based bombs lobbed by both players and haters. B'lieve it! CNN Belief Blog,;


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