Peter Manseau

Peter Manseau is the author of Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son and, most recently, Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead. He founded Killing the Buddha with Jeff Sharlet, and the two wrote Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible. Follow him on Twitter @petermanseau.

Recent Posts by Peter

The Young and the Angstless

A new book about GenX Christians shows just how god-damned happy they really are.

This is Your Life

Night falls on the church of our fathers. Should we care? Should we pray?

Rocky Mountain Higher Power

Running low on enlightenment? Stock up at Colorado’s spiritual supermarket.

The Shenandoah Sutra

Crossing the Mason-Dixon to tour the battlefields and bathrooms that have shaped the nation’s soul.

Muhammad Speaks

Cassius Clay vs. Osama bin Laden: A fight for the American idea of Islam.

The Hazards of Holocaust Theology

Transcending history is a tricky business, even for Elie Wiesel.

Taliban Kills Buddha

Islam takes on Buddhism in Afghanistan. A nervous art world attempts to referee. Buddha laughs.

Hannibal Lecter’s Harrowing of Hell

From the Inferno to Paradise with a cannibal pilgrim.

Jew Like Me

Undercover in Brooklyn’s mosh pit of piety.


“Lecturing to a conference of American monastics, Dr. Luc Clement raises a femur above his head and waves it like a flashlight on a runway.”