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The 501(c)(3) Campaign: Go Home with KtB!

Give to KtB now and receive Marilynne Robinson’s latest novel, as well as our new anthology, Believer, Beware!

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Bring Us Your Loud, Your Brash, Your Foolish

In response to John D. Boy’s piece, Icons of the New Evangelicalism, this morning, Bruce Illig writes in: Mr. Boy, I think it would be a grave mistake to assume that a change of appearance would signal any change in the basic beliefs of the evangelicals, or their influence. Would this not be the time,…

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Speck, Meet Log

In response to Becky Garrison’s recent dispatch, “Who Will Save Manhattan?” KtB contributor Daniel Silliman wrote in with a livid reply that takes on not only Becky but the culture of the magazine itself. I sure hope Becky Garrison feels better now. After that avalanche of snark, surely something’s dead, even if it’s not Ms….

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Hand-waving and Healing Energy

In today’s Providence Journal, KtB associate editor Alex Rose kills the Buddhas of the alternative medicine fads: I don’t mind the practice, or that acupuncturists assert that the practice works. (Studies suggest that its success rate does in fact slightly exceed pure chance.) What I do mind is the assertion that it works for the…

Just What You’ve Been Waiting For

After a bit of a hiatus, Killing the Buddha‘s humble donation page is back in action, with a PayPal button and everything! We run this site as volunteers, and it depends on the support of you, our readers. Please consider heading over there today and dropping a little somethin’ in the hat. Everything goes toward…

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Stuff White Evangelicals Like

Have you always wanted to get into the Stuff White People Like craze, but you can’t because you don’t relate to its implicit godless secular humanism? Well, maybe this one’s for you. Since August of last year, this recovering evangelical in Seattle, a preacher’s kid married to a preacher’s kid, has been tallying a list…

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Universality in Fiction

In response to David Plante’s “The Meaning of Rain,” from his ongoing series Essential Stories, reader Jennifer Capo writes: It’s an interesting point that you bring up about trusting the vision of universality in fiction. Many (evolutionists, thought leaders, and such) think that we are on the brink of globalization and now, more than ever…

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Content to Find the Planet Mysterious and Beautiful

Peter Bebergal’s new piece on KtB, “Bedtime Stumblings,” has prompted a number of reactions. Over on our Facebook page, where some of our most vibrant discussions have been lately (become a fan if you aren’t already!), there were three glowing comments: Milton W. Kliesch: This is an excellent article about grief and the struggle of…

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Omnivore

It was a pleasure to wake up this morning and notice that Ann Neumann’s “God or Country” was picked up t oday at the Bookforum blog Omnivore. This offers us an excuse to give a shout out to Alfredo Perez‘s fantastic creation. The site began in 2003 as Political Theory Daily Review at politicaltheory.info: a…

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Jeff Is on The Daily Show Tonight!

That’s right, KtB’s illustrious co-founder Jeff Sharlet is appearing tonight on the most important show in the universe, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, spreading the word about The Family and what it means for American democracy. We’re holding a pool about whether Jeff gets on The View next. It’s looking pretty good, the way…

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Atheism in Proper Proportion

Lynne writes to us with an interesting comment. I am a bit puzzled about the nature of your Blog.  I subscribed b/c I thought your blog would be basically athiest and critical of religion.  The articles I’ve read are pretty much 50/50.  To be candid, I can only handle about 15% pro- to- neutral articles…

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Language the Soul Speaks

This just arrived from reader Kate: Thanks to Ms. Markey and to your blog for publishing “Religious Education.” I read this article at work and wept in my cubicle. You’ve struck something very tender and complicated and true. I stopped going to Mass ten years ago because the Catholic church no longer fit me somehow—I…

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Nuanced Beauty

The letters come tumbling in from all directions. Ryan Georgioff finally finds us: I have been searching desperately for people like you. For people who see beauty in life, but not in the way that most people do; in a deeper, more nuanced existence. These thoughts have been my muse as well, and I have…

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KtB: Above Deepak Chopra

TJ Vazquez writes: I just wanted to say that I think KtB is amazing. I saw Believer, Beware at Barnes and Noble. It was hilarious to me that in the intro Jeff Sharlet cracks a joke about being shelved near Deepak Chopra and that’s exactly where I found your new book: right above his. I…

Now Introducing…

KtB welcomes two new contributing editors to the Buddha-killing mix. Alex Rose is a co-founding editor of Hotel St. George Press and the author of The Musical Illusionist and Other Tales. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, The Forward, The Believer, The Providence Journal, North American Review, The Reading Room, and…

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Enjoy the Chaos (more from the mailbag)

The Sunday morning post has arrived, readers writing emails from their ethereal locations, connecting to us and, so we can share and share alike, now with you. One came to us from Andrew with the subject line, “Finally.” He writes:: Greetings KtB, You probably receive hundreds of thousands of these emails. Probably all starting with…

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Underneath the Bravado (Letters to KtB)

In response to “Michael Jackson, Mark Sanford, & the Synagogue of Satan,” Eric Reed writes: Jeff got it all wrong! It’s not that the Family are the replacement Jews, it’s that Christians are the replacement Chosen of God. That’s why they hate Jews — Jews were supposed to have caved in and accepted Jesus and…