The God Beat: What Journalism Says about Faith and Why It Matters


Product Details

$26.99  $24.83
Broadleaf Books
Publish Date
6.06 X 9.13 X 1.02 inches | 1.32 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Costica Bradatan is religion editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, a Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, and an Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. He resides in Lubbock, Texas.
Ed Simon is a staff writer for The Millions, which the New York Times has called "the indispensable literary site." A widely published and prolific freelance writer who holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University, his work has appeared in most major American literary and journalistic sites. He is also the author of several published books, including Furnace of This World: Or, 36 Observations about Goodness and Printed in Utopia: The Renaissance's Radicalism, both released by Zero Books. In April of 2021 Belt Publishing will be releasing his short An Alternative History of Pittsburgh and Broadleaf Books will be releasing his co-edited anthology The God Beat: What Journalism Says about Faith and Why it Matters in June of 2021. He lives in Washington, D.C.


The high quality of the selections suggests that an annual volume would be welcome. [Starred Review] --Publishers Weekly

The best writing about religion is simultaneously personal, political, historical, and spiritual--just like religion itself. The God Beat is all that and more. Costica Bradatan and Ed Simon have crafted a collection that is by turns profound, funny, and searching. It captures a still-unfolding moment in which the old ways of writing about faith were found wanting, and new ways were ready to be born. --Peter Manseau, curator of religious history at the Smithsonian and author of One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History.

For ten years ending in 1995, I was repeatedly invited and repeatedly declined to be the religion editor of the Los Angeles Times. Reading this anthology, I understand both why I was right to decline the gig back then and why today another reporter might jump at it. The religion beat of old has become what Bradatan and Simon call 'the God beat'--an exciting new freestyle game still learning its own rules. --Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winner for God: A Biography.