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Hutchinson’s Narrow (Minded) Parkway

Charles, of Carmel, NY, takes eloquent exception to how Arthur Goldwag celebrates Anne Hutchinson’s heresy: Hutchinson may be a beacon of freedom, but in her own mind she was a narrow, self-righteous Calvinist, and would have been a dictator in her own church. Her eponymous memorial, the Hutchinson Parkway north of New York City, justifies…

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On Armstrong: Metaphorical Amnesia

In reference to Tibor Krausz’s review of The Case for God by Karen Armstrong, James from Washington State writes (he says, at 3 am): The discussion of Ka cialis uk ren Armstrong’s book brings to my mind the thoughts of the New Testament Jesus scholar Dom Crossan. He points out that the Age of Enlightenment…

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KtB: Giving you a Reason to Wake Up Each Day

Accolades continue to come in for Fluent in Silence by KtB contributor Stephen Prothero. Nancy from San Antonio writes: Stephen Prothero’s piece about the death of J.D. Salinger, Fluent in Silence, is some of the best writing I’ve ever seen on paper. (Well, online, but you get the point). I especially loved “Though I flirt…

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Head-First into the Holy Ground

We just got a letter from Sandy in California, who via some unexpected path, found us and read The Hole World, by Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet, one of the outtakes from the first eponymous Killing the Buddha book, Heretic’s Bible. And way back when, Jeff also wrote the piece I Ate Dirt. She writes:…

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Robert Jensen, Atheist Prophet

Alex Doherty wrote in all the way from the UK to tell us about an interview he did with Buddha-killer Robert Jensen over at the New Left Project: “A Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice.” Here’s a righteous morsel for ya— You describe yourself as an atheist-Christian. What does that mean? Is it not a…

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Wanna Opt Out? Here’s your Milk Bucket and Oil Lamp

In response to Ann Neumann’s piece Who’s Amish Now? that we ran last week, Kay writes in with some validation that the Republicans who are smacking their lips about going “plain” don’t have a clue. She writes: As a lapsed Menno/Brethren child (my father being a pastor, and my very large extended family comprising a…

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“Liquid Faith,” African Style

Duncan Scrymgeour just wrote to us from Los Angeles with a fascinating addendum to Monday’s article: I read “Liquid Faith” by Mark Bergen with profound interest. I noticed similar movement among Latino immigrants in the largest center of that community here in Los Angeles. I published my research in 1996 in New Trends and Developments…

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Bible Family Values—in Pictures!

Tibor Krausz’s article today, “Adam’s Family Jewels,” has gotten a good number of readers riled up. Bob R. of Grand Rapids wrote: Hello, I enjoyed your article.  I’m a Graduate of Wheaton College’s Ancient Languages program, a former fundamentalist, whose immersion in these stories caused him to relinquish any pretense to literalism, inerrancy, or even…

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Immaculate Clarification

My piece Virgin Birth that we ran on Christmas inspired Robert B. Tapp, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies at University of Minnesota and  Dean & Faculty Chair Emeritus at The Humanist Institute in NYC to write: Thanks for your sensitive piece on surrogacy. Having lived for a year in Pune…

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Funny Ha Ha

Two people wrote to tell us that Alexander Zaitchik’s review of 2012 got them laughing. Terry Christlieb from Texas wrote: Well, even though the movie sounds as awful as I guessed, I at least got a few minutes of laughs from the review. Some good lines in there, even if the target is too easy.…

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Oh Mayan!

We just heard from Corey Pein out in Santa Fe, who tells us about his excellent new Buddha-killing article in the Santa Fe Reporter about some of the key 2012ologists, including John Major Jenkins, who our own Andrew Marantz

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Why 2012?

With the subject line “2012,” Wendy Bradley wrote, regarding our present series on the subject: What a waste of time, attention, and resources. How come? XOW I suppose she’s got a point. 2012 is a terrible movie, and the whole phenomenon is more than a bit ridiculous. But maybe I can explain a little bit…

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Step into Our Reliquary

mm writes to us from Edmonton in the Canadian province of Alberta: i began to look at killingthebuddha mid-afternoon yesterday and was there  well into the evening, sampling your many departments. refreshing on so many levels. How can we quench your thirst, and help you while away the days? May we suggest a visit our…

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Apocalyptic Orgies

Thanks in part to an incoming link from Arts & Letters Daily, as well as the excellent reading, we received quite a number of letters in the last week about Frank Schaeffer’s “Spaceship Jesus Will Come Back and Whisk Us Away,” an excerpt from his new book, Patience with God. Rob Raven, of California, finds…

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Calvary Altarpiece

For the most part, we had a lot of fun hearing from our readers about their altarpieces for the “What’s on Your Shelf?” collection, which goes up on the site today. But one submission was nothing of the sort. In the guise of Christian compassion, we got an ill-informed attack on something no less sacred…

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Of Course There Are Half-Jewish People

In response to Joanna Brooks’ piece today, “There Is No Such Thing as Half,” we heard from Robin Margolis of The Half-Jewish Network. Robin writes: I gather that you are the parent of a child of intermarriage. But you don’t think there are half-Jewish people and are worried that your daughter might think of herself…

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A Cell in Your Liver

In response to Arthur Goldwag’s “Why I Don’t Pray,” juniper from Vancouver posed a bit of a challenge: do you really think that a cell in your liver has no relation to you, or you to it? Praying is hard to wrap the mind around.  No disagreement there.  But the incommensurate God is not necessarily…

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The Masons Are Still Segregated?

Much of the response to my article from last week on Dan Brown and Freemasonry has focused on the questions of race in the fraternity. As one reader said of his experience with Masonry, “I was told the Freemasons don’t care what color, race or nationality you are.” In fact, a man of any ethnicity…