Paradise Lost

Friday, February 13, 2009


As a born-again Christian, L.A. Times reporter Bill Lobdell was frustrated by media coverage of religious people. So he lobbied his editors and prayed for the religion beat. He eventually got his wish, only to lose his faith in the church and in God after eight years on the job. Here is our 2007 interview with Lobdell and here is his new book, Losing My Religion.

Comments [3]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Well, Chuck, without those beers you might have typed "context", which is what you seem to have meant.

Perhaps covering the "religion" beat, he, too, missed the spiritual dimension, because that is where our shared beliefs really seem to mesh, as a people. It is in this dimension that we draw strength and, dare I say it, faith from each other and I wish Bill Lodel some of this faith.

As my 93-year old mother says, "It isn't "their" church, it is my faith." While I don't share her faith, I echo her belief.

Feb. 18 2009 05:33 AM
chuck thompson from Anchorage

Funny how the earlier broadcast of this story garnered so many comments and, so far, this airing has gathered so few.
Could it be the text, following as it does the previous story that got everyone's panties in a bunch? One should ponder such mysteries. . .
but only over a couple of beers.

Feb. 16 2009 12:52 AM
john foley from hewitt, nj

I'm a skeptic, too, and listening to the reporter whose coverage of abuse and cover-up caused him to "lose his religion" raised a few questions:

Would the same patterns of abuse and cover-up in the public school system cause him to change his feelings about education? Would stories of political corruption turn him into an Anarchist? We have a right to expect moral and ethical behavior from those who profess religious belief but those of us who believe in Reason and Logic also have a right to look for those qualities in our journalists.

Feb. 15 2009 11:29 AM

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