Research on Oprah

Anybody know much about this Reed College?

“‘She’s [Oprah Winfrey] a really hip and materialistic Mother Teresa,’ says Kathryn Lofton, a professor at Reed College in Portland, Ore., who has written two papers analyzing the religious aspects of Winfrey. ‘Oprah has emerged as a symbolic figurehead of spirituality.'”

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9 thoughts on “Research on Oprah

  1. Like it or not, but the Church of Oprah (worship thyself) is probably bigger (on earth) than the one we participate in every Sunday.

    Kinda makes me understand the verse about “itching ears” a little better than I had before.

  2. Reed is one of those schools that doesn’t have grades. That should tell you what sort of liberal silliness we’re dealing with here.

  3. I have taken classes from many liberals who graded as hard as hell.

    Knock Reed College, Knock Oprah, but don’t blame liberals. This is not a big deal to me, but it is a little annoying.

  4. I’m sorry, David. I shouldn’t have used “liberal” as a pejorative. In describing Reed, the phrase “hippie-dippy” works much better anyway.

  5. We may consider stopping for a moment to reflect on what exactly we mean when we say Liberal vs. Conserivative now-a-days. I know that may of my so-called conservative views are no different than what used to be considered liberal 30-40 years ago. It often confuses the debate when I hang the label conservative on myself.

  6. I wasn’t offended, not to worry. I do prefer “hippy-dippy” which I think captures the sentiment fairly accurately.

    Liberal and conservative as labels can help provided they are given a context, like for instance, liberal, moderate or conservative in a political party has some use in differentiating candidates. It kind of falls apart though, when the person has a sort of mixed ideology and can’t neatly be categorized.

    It really falls apart when the outliers in society are placed at the feet of either mainstream liberals or conservatives. Remember Gingrich blaming liberals for Susan Smith’s murder of her own children? Ever hear liberals blame conservatives for every excess of religious fundamentalists?

    Now we can get back to complaining about Oprah. I just don’t get the appeal. Perhaps it’s because she “makes people feel good about themselves”. But that’s doctrinally problematic for Christians.

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