Nathan Schneider

Nathan Schneider is an editor of Killing the Buddha and writes about religion, reason, and violence for a variety of publications. He is also a founding editor of Waging Nonviolence. His first two books, published by University of California Press in 2013, are God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. Visit his website at The Row Boat.

Recent Posts by Nathan

A Country to Die For

Memorial Day has never been my favorite. In Arlington, Virginia, where I grew up, it always meant the roar of Vietnam Vets on motorcycles all day. And the occasion can bring out our most jingoistic spirit. As I passed three separate suspension bridges across the Hudson River today, each with a giant American flag hanging…

The Full Armor of God

Donald Rumsfeld took the LORD’s name in vain.

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Get the Point

We just heard from one Etay Zwick, who has a new magazine. Its first issue looks like it has some articles that may interest some of you. I know I’m intrigued. But don’t be deceived by his excitement; he is, as you’ll learn in a few sentences, an editor! The Point magazine is a new,…

Your Pathway to Personal Peace

Life Changers International saw fit today to include us on their “morning thought” email blast. Seems like more than one thought to me. Kind of a lot of mumbo-jumbo to handle all at once. Perfect work and perfect supply are mine. As I accept this truth, it is done. I refuse to look upon effects…

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Fairies or Princesses?

We recently received a delightful short essay from James Royce McGuire, writer of fiction and plays, called “The Fairy Land.” Let’s wander through it together! It’s extremely easy to lose our way spiritually. Tennessee Williams, in his play Suddenly Last Summer, compares the delicacy of a poet to that of a spider web. In a…

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Patheos.com Has Answers

Time magazine reports about the new kid on the religion-website block. And this one’s got big muscles: The vast majority of Americans hold some religious affiliation, but we’re often too polite — or maybe too shy — to ask friends and neighbors about the nuts and bolts of their beliefs, let alone sneak into a…

Resounding through Manhattan

Today I had the great privilege to join members of Resonanda, Brown University’s medieval music ensemble, for their one-day, unannounced New York tour (before you continue, go to Resonanda’s MySpace page and put on one of their songs as you read). It began—where else—at The Cloisters, the museum in the form of a medieval monastery…

Regions of the Great Heresy

At the 92nd Street Y tonight, I joined KtB author Ann Neumann for a lecture by the Israeli novelist David Grossman on Bruno Schulz. Jonathan Safran Foer, in turn, introduced Grossman. Grossman said that everybody remembers when and how they discovered Bruno Schulz—I am no exception. It was in my first college fiction writing class,…

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A Sigh of Relief

We just got a powerful letter from “Gabe.” Messages like this make all our Buddha killing feel worthwhile: I have just read the article, “[Shattered Faith in Two Parts],” and breathed a sigh of relief that this horrible story has made it to the news. I am so very sorry that this happened to those…

Credit Card Rosary

My friend/hero Will, who for the months since his success in electing Barack Obama president has made it his business to travel around “visiting people,” sent me a delightful little gift that he picked up at the gift shop of the new Catholic cathedral in Oakland, California. It’s a rosary, made out of bumps on…

The Poem of Force

Some time ago, a dear friend shared with me a photocopy of some sections of Simone Weil’s essay The Iliad or The Poem of Force. I remember being haunted by those pages at the time, and I kept them in a safe and prominent place but never opened them again. Until, at least, the other…

The Illustration Saga

My recent article for the Boston Globe included this unassuming concoction by way of illustration: Sure, it’s nice, but I would have thought no more of it but for a message from my dear friend Thinker Bill Hackett, Santa Barbaraño extraordinaire. He began: I was impressed with the Globe people who did that little illustration….

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How Do We Know We’re Not in a Cult?

For those of you deathly concerned about this question, we just got a letter from “FutureChurch” (a.k.a. Thomas Hohstadt) that may help: Dear friends, How do we know we haven’t reduced or simplified faith to the point of distorting it? Let’s face it, most of us actually assume we can fit God into our tiny…

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A Poet’s Suggestions for the Pope

Quentin Kirk—who has been a Cold War spy and a schoolteacher but now literally wears a “poet” hat—sent us the following dispatch today. From Quentin Kirk, a poet living in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico A Poet’s Suggestions for the Pope He has not actually called for suggetions…but I want to be ready:…

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Philosophy Can Get YOU on TV

On an email list I just got this announcement. Finally all that hard philosophical thinking might pay off for some of you: ABC’s WIFE SWAP CASTING PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS FOR PRIMETIME ABC’s primetime series “Wife Swap” is currently casting its fifth season and looking for unique families with plenty of personality to take part in the…

Mark Twain’s Eden

When I was little, one of my favorite movies was The Adventures of Mark Twain, a claymation video that wove together bits and pieces from some favorite Twain stories. I was reminded of this the other day when, browsing in Denver’s magnificent Tattered Cover bookstore, I came across a delightful 1995 collection called The Bible…

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World Communism is Mystery Babylon the Enemy of God!

A delightful pair of letters came from “steve” today. They’re enormous expositions against communism and for the theocratic character of the United States. Needless to say, there are plenty of quotations from the Book of Revelation. Since he has already managed to post them all over the Internet (I finally gave in today and decided…