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KtB at the Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. Killing the Buddha will be there. Will you? KtB editor Meera Subramanian will be moderating the panel, The Sacred and the Profane: A Modern Pilgrim’s…

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Obey the Beast

If you’re a regular reader of the Killing the Buddha blog, you already know about how KtB contributor Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of Paradise Lust, gave a lovely review in The Boston Globe to KtB emeritus-type Jeff Sharlet’s new book, Sweet Heaven When I Die. Now Brook and Jeff, who’ve never met in real life, meet…

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Lofro the Pirate Hearts Sweet Heaven

Killing the Buddha contributor Eric Scott, aka @lofrothepirate, “a voice for 2nd gen paganism” — and for general all-around wit, empathy, and telling detail — tweets his review of Killing the Buddha mothball Jeff Sharlet’s new book, Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between. You catch that trick? They’re both…

Tune in to Frequencies!

Everyone talks about “spirituality,” but less often is it especially clear what we (or they) actually mean. That’s why, together with The Immanent Frame and the historians of religion Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern, Killing the Buddha has been quietly working since the beginning of the year to develop Frequencies, a new online “collaborative genealogy…

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“One of the Shrewdest Commentators on Religion’s Underexplored Realms”

Killing the Buddha: We bring good people together. In today’s Boston Globe, recent KtB contributor Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of the amazing new book Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden, reviews Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between, a “remarkable new collection of literary journalism” by KtB mothball Jeff…

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Frank Schaeffer Takes the World by Storm

Congrats to Buddha-killer Frank Schaeffer, whose new book, Sex, Mom, & God (excerpted here at KtB) is getting attention in some nice places. We’re seeing it everywhere. Just today we noticed a column by Mark Oppenheimer in The New York Times and an appearance on Democracy Now! Congratulations, Frank!

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The Last Convert

In reference to Michael Snyder’s “The End of the Earth,” one narendran wrote to us with just this: I have always wondered what would happen to the profession of missionary work once the last human being has been converted to Christianity.

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The Christian Knights of the Oslo Killer

Killing the Buddha‘s Jeff Sharlet is on this week’s edition of NPR’s “On the Media” to discuss the 1500-page manifesto of self-described “Christian knight” Anders Breivik, the Oslo man who last week killed at least 78 of his fellow Norwegians — liberals he considered traitors for their tolerance of Muslims. Breivik’s manifesto explains his mission…

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A Debate Not for the Faint of Foreskin

Okay, here goes. Ready? The length of what follows should make this obvious: gird your loins. “Barefoot Intactivist,” from New York, wrote in last week about Gordon Haber’s ever-controversial essay “Uncovered” (see other discussions here and here): I applaud that you tried to approach this subject with logic, reasoning, and facts, but unfortunately you had…

Our Sons’ Willies

As expected, we’ve gotten a lot of mail about Gordon Haber’s circumcision essay, “Uncovered.” People get worked up about penises. Let’s start positive. Jessie Bennett, from Boston, writes: I’m just writing to say how grateful I was to read Gordon Haber’s completely sane, thoughtful piece on circumcision. It so closely mirrored my own thoughts on…

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Madonna’s Guilt, Gaga’s Monsters, Lewis’s Plan All Along

Sez The Atlantic‘s Spencer Kornhaber, in a piece on Lady Gaga’s theology: Gaga-Madonna comparisons […] are played out—yes, both singers are ethnic Italians, raised Catholic, and artistically chameleonic—but remain instructive. For example, compare Born This Way with 1989’s Like a Prayer. Both are self-consciously artsy statements that lean heavily on their creators’ Catholic backgrounds. But Like a Prayer…

Welcome to Apocalypse Week, 2011

KtB is celebrating the upcoming apocalypse planned for this Saturday, May 21st—the last hurrah of 89-year-old Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping—with a couple of inside glimpses into the end-times imagination. We begin on Monday with a dispatch from Ted Cox, who went and visited the Family Radio headquarters in Oakland to meet the guy in…

Novgorodoff Drama Tonight in Brooklyn

Looking for an evening out in Brooklyn tonight? Come hear KtB contributor Danica Novgorodoff‘s dramatic reading (Yes, a play! What doesn’t this girl do?) at The Folding Chair literary series. Also featuring poetry by Joseph Gulezian and fiction by Nicole Fix. 61 Local Public House 61 Bergen St. (Brooklyn F/G) 7 pm, sharp Free Admission—Bring…

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What Does Eric Scott Really Believe?

Eric Scott’s recent essay on KtB, “Valhal-Mart,” keeps arousing controversy. First, it was his alleged insensitivity to how Hollywood treats Christianity. Now, his own pagan religious beliefs are under attack. Buddha-killer Alex Rose takes an especially serious swipe, in lower case: this guy is a phony.  however engaging his story or compelling the subject of spirituality and…

Gangstagrass @ Brooklyn County Fair

Thursday, April 28 at 8pm, head over to the Brooklyn County Fair where you can hear KtB friends Gangstagrass lay down their country-rap alongside the likes of The Newton Gang, Elio Shiavo, and Don Flemons, who I remember from my NC days as a member of the notorious Carolina Chocolate Drops. At the KtB Tin…

Ban This, Bible!

Buddha killer Becky Garrison is one of the dozen contributors to Banned Questions about the Bible, a book that discusses 50 questions your Sunday school teachers were afraid to answer. The eleven questions Becky was asked to answer in two hundred words or less include: “Aren’t women treated poorly in the Bible?” “Was Mary Magdalene…

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Temple-in-a-Truck: NYC

We heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend, that a woman named Annie is preparing to bring a bit of intention to New York City. It will arrive in a box truck, at unexpected locations, to be discovered by Twitter feed or random luck. Here’s how she explains it: I am…

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Hollywood Messes with Christianity, Too

In another letter about Eric Scott’s “Valhal-Mart,” Alexandra Erin writes: I really have to disagree with the contention near the end of Eric Scott’s posting “Valhal-Mart”. While it must be remembered that Christianity enjoys a very privileged position in our culture and thus can’t claim to be injured by off-target pop culture depictions, the fact…