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Could It Be True?

About an hour ago we received an important announcement in the mailbag from Peter Kleissner: Life is beautiful Can you get behind him on this one? Let us know.

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Jesus Trained for Afghanistan

We recently received an intriguing series of messages from Jesus, in the person of a German named Ralph Schulze: “Jesus” to “Killing the Buddha,” 9/17: As you see here: http://www.jesus-rueckkehr.info/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=1408 I, Jesus, trained with the Airborne for Afghanistan Mission. “Killing the Buddha” to “Jesus,” 9/17: Fascinating! Tell us more about yourself. “Ralph Schulze” to “Killing…

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Evangelical = Conservative?

In response to John D. Boy’s piece Icons of the New Evangelicalism that we ran on Monday, Mike Brislen wrote in from Pennsylvania: I find the grouping of Brian McClaren, Shaine Claibourne (sp?) with Rick Warren, and then make a comparison with the ‘evangelical leaders of the 90s’ such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell,…

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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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The Practice of Questioning

This came in a letter from Bruce Illig: Hello Editors,  I just finished Jeff’s book [The Family], and had to subscribe to your site’s newsletter and become a facebook fan just to find a place to hide.  The amazing book answered many questions of my past 40 years, most notably the relationship between “elite” and…

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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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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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Killing Writing

Jim Willis says: Equally, the writer should kill writing. What are we left with when this doesn’t happen? And yet, it will be said that we would never in that case accrue knowledge. Thus does the world that was put aside in the zen koan keep gaining speed, keep getting built. Incredible how true that…

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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…

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Silly Beliefs

Gunther Dawn writes: In the otherwise brilliant introduction to Believer Beware, Jeff Sharlet glibly overstuffs the following Straw Man of false equivalence: “It is not enough for the new atheists to simply not believe; what matters is making sure that you don’t believe. They are evangelists; and like evangelicalism itself—a faith built around the Great…

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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…

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The Metaphysics of Anxiety

An insightful note came in today from one Michael Bush, referring to the first phrase of our Manifesto, “Killing the Buddha is a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches.” He writes: To paraphrase Mrs. Roosevelt, no one can make you anxious without your permission. You might consider changing your tag line: A religion…

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You Said the N-word!

We knew that publishing Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou’s “Gays Are the New Niggers” would make some waves. It came to us, in fact, because others (perhaps rightly) were reluctant to run it with that title. But when we saw the essay’s call to the memory of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights movement’s master of nonviolence…