This is a very Wormy Can, and I realize that there are posters here of all religions, including no religion and the Evangelical Christian religion, so please tiptoe carefully, if you join the discussion, but I wonder what people think of this.
Is there a surge in Evangelical Christianity, or is it just beginning to be noticed by arts mavens? Will this affect ballet -- or concert dance in general?
Here's the article:
Evangelical Sales Are Converting Publishers
Some secular publishers chuckle at Evangelical best sellers like the hot new health guide "What Would Jesus Eat?" (not much fat, plenty of whole grains) or marriage manuals recommending wifely submission. Others, mindful of past allegations of anti-Semitism on the religious right, gulp at the popularity of books by Evangelical authors calling for the mass conversion of Jews.
The major publishers are forging ahead nonetheless, even paying eye-popping sums like a recent $45 million advance for a series of Evangelical thrillers by the best-selling author Timothy LaHaye. Laurence Kirshbaum, chairman of the books division of AOL Time Warner, which started a new Evangelical line last fall, called it making up for past neglect.
"We are mostly liberals in publishing who have probably been publishing a lot of books which are offensive to Christians or to that audience," he said. "Maybe this evens it out."