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My Take: New TV series 'GCB'  portrays Christians as caricatures
Actresses Leslie Bibb, left, and Annie Potts at a 'GCB' event in January.
March 5th, 2012
02:35 PM ET

My Take: New TV series 'GCB' portrays Christians as caricatures

Editor's Note: Margaret Feinberg is an international speaker and author of "Scouting the Divine" and "The Sacred Echo." Follow her on Twitter.

By Margaret Feinberg, Special to CNN

Originally dubbed “Good Christian Bitches” after the book by Kim Gatlin, a television series that debuted on ABC on Sunday night had its name changed to “Good Christian Belles” before being shortened to “GCB.” Whatever meaning you assign to those three letters, the show portrays Christians as caricatures and feels a little desperate.

The show serves up predictable night-time soapy-ness that’s lured audiences for years. The only difference is that instead of an emergency room, GCB serves it up Texas-style, in the buckle of the Bible Belt, complete with more Scripture ripped out of context than most churchgoers can keep count.

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Filed under: Christianity • My Take • Opinion • TV

The Foer questions: Literary wunderkind turns 35
Jonathan Safran Foer is author of the "New American Haggadah," releasing March 5.
March 5th, 2012
10:11 AM ET

The Foer questions: Literary wunderkind turns 35

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

New York (CNN) – There's a magical time in the morning between 4 and 6:30 when Jonathan Safran Foer works in quiet. It's before his sons wake up, before he takes them to school, before he goes shopping for milk and diapers - errands in which he takes a certain pleasure.

A few days before his birthday, a recent Tuesday, the internationally acclaimed writer almost forgot he would be turning 35. The milestone doesn't put more pressure on Foer, but he does feel a different sense of urgency.

"I'm less worried about accomplishment - as younger people always can't help but be - and more concerned with spending my time well," he says, "spending time with my family, and reading, learning things."

With wavy hair, an unshaven face and round tortoise-shell glasses, he's easy to miss on the streets of Brooklyn or the West Village. But adoring fans will sometimes blog about possible "JSF" sightings at his local library or park. And Foer's literary and artistic endeavors are getting harder and harder not to notice.

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Filed under: Books • CNN Profile • Judaism

My Take: Five women in religion to watch
Kecia Ali, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Anthea Butler, Esther Fleece and Karen King are five women to watch for in religion this year
March 5th, 2012
04:00 AM ET

My Take: Five women in religion to watch

Editor's Note: Sarah Sentilles is a scholar of religion and the author of three books, most recently a memoir, "Breaking Up with God: A Love Story." She tweets as @sarahsentilles.

By Sarah Sentilles, Special to CNN

(CNN) - The year 2012 has only just begun and already women are revolutionizing what it looks like to be religious, to study religion and to engage in social change. Here are five women to watch in 2012:

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Evangelical • Islam • Lutheran • My Take

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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