For Christians to be intelligent contributors to our society, we should be looking in the following places:
1. Mainstream News, Domestic and Foreign
If we are to be involved in our mainstream culture in order to incluence it and cogently discuss it, we need to be aware of what is going on. Despite any liberal bias, the big news organizations do have extensive resources to be able to bring us some very good reporting. And some notworthy conservatives work at these "liberal" institutions, and write some very good stuff. Credible sources I am aware of include:
- BBC News (British, liberal?)
- CNN News (American, liberal?)
- The Economist Magazine (British, moderate)
- National Public Radio (American, moderate)
- National Review (American, conservative)
- New York Times (American, liberal)
- The Week Magazine (American, moderate)
- Wired Magazine (American Geek News, moderate to liberal)
- US News and World Report (American, conservative)
To avoid the omissions of the maintsream media, we should look at the publications of advocacy and watchdog groups that bring to our attention worthy items that the mainstream media does not cover. This includes ethnic-oriented groups (e.g. the Anti-Defamation League), human rights groups such as Amnesty Intl, and environmental and animal rights groups.
3. Christian News Sources
Last but not least, we should seek news with a Christian world view. There are plenty of these, including
- World Magazine (a Christian "Time")
- First Things (scholarly, Christian/Catholic world view)
- Foreign Affairs (scholarly, conservative)
- Agape Press (nice Xian news blog)
- SmartChristianBlog (nice news aggregator blog)
- Christianity Today (mainstay of evangelical monthlies)
While some people think NPR liberal, I find the commercial-free and indepth analysis really refreshing. And they're not as liberal as they used to be. Third Party RSS Feed
2. The 700 Club
Some people will scoff at this, but the first 15 minutes of this show is a daily wrapup of the news from a Christian perspective. No RSS.
3. The Economist Magazine
This British news weekly is packed! And it's not about economics! It makes magazine like Time and Newsweek look like lightweights. It is balanced and has indepth analysis of American and world news. Sometimes, I don't get time to read it because it is so dense. Third-party RSS Feed
4. The Week Magazine
This compact news weekly is inexpensive and covers world news with a balanced perspective. Minimal online content, though.
5. Wired Magazine
Not only does this magazine of technology and culture have great news articles, each month it has at least one good article on some social issue - the environment, genetically modified foods, stem cell research, etc. RSS Feed
6. Headline News
When I need a half hour to catch up on what's hot, I hit CNN on the TV. RSS Feed
7. Christianity Today Magazine
Nice Christian view of what is important, and how evangelicals view world events. Too bad their online blog doesn't have an RSS feed! BLINO - BLog In Name Only.
8. Agape Press
This blog really has a nice stream of news from a Christian perspective. RSS Feed
What are your favorite news sources?