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High Lonesome Theology

KillingTheBuddha.com has been publishing on a shoestring — or less — for nearly nine years now, a miraculous feat of online longevity we’re celebrating in July with the publication of…

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Ghosts of Cairo

Anthea Butler hears the ghost of Malcolm X in Obama’s Cairo speech. “So the past isn’t over until we understand it,” writes poet Lawrence Raab in his new book, The…

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the meaning of life, on this earth, for all of us

“larry hall – ganaraska think tank” (apparently a regular commenter on NYTimes blogs) wrote to us with an important revelation. The subject line was “deadline theology”—one of our rotating taglines…

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Cathedral Center Court

Earlier today, Roger Federer came back from being down two sets to one to punch his ticket to a fourth consecutive French Open final. He’s never won it all on…

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Religion for the Self-Involved

Yesterday, the Utne Reader gave props to The False Science, the latest KtB piece by Gordon Haber. “The problem isn’t in the spiritual beliefs,” they write of his review of…

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Infrastructure for Souls

Triple Canopy has a great new piece about the convergence between megachurch and corporate architectures, which I heard presented at one of TC’s recent events in New York. Very much…

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Margaret Speaks Her Mind

I don’t believe in God, she says. I think it’s make-believe. Then she whispers But I won’t say that around people who believe in God so I don’t hurt their…

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Wonderful

From: elizabeth murray Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM Subject: why i am a bad meditator [sic] wonderful.

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Believer, Beware NYC Launch Party: June 29

Mark your calendars! The New York launch party for the new KtB anthology Believer, Beware will be Monday, June 29th, 6-9 pm, at Le Poisson Rouge. More details to come.…

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The Happiness of Alligators

From the Archive: “The Happiness of Alligators,” by Meera Subramanian (Sept. 20, 2006). The man is lying flat on his back, staring at the sky, four thousand miles from the…

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Short Discourse on Cult Terminology

Do you know the difference between a religion and a cult? Salman over at Irtiqa has a very welcome post about the terminology of these things. It’s the subject of…

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The Happiness of Alligators

From the Archive: “The Happiness of Alligators,” by Meera Subramanian (Sept. 20, 2006). The man is lying flat on his back, staring at the sky, four thousand miles from the…

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A Symbologist Speaks!

In my Religion Dispatches essay this week about Angels & Demons, I make a crack about the nonexistence of the hero’s stated academic discipline, “symbology.” But maybe I’m wrong. I…

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The Return of Rant/Rhapsody

For those of you in the New York area, we wanted to let you know that our good friends over at the The Brooklyn Rail are presenting “Rant/Rhapsody”: an evening…

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KtB Makes the NYT Happy

The New York Times‘s Happy Days blog is featuring us today in their “Worth a Read: Editor’s Picks” section. They’ve picked out Ted Weinstein’s “Ways I Have Been a Bad…

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Unusual Suspects

Dan Gilgoff explains why the Sotomayor nomination hearings may not be so predictable after all on his U.S. News and World Report blog, God and Country. In The Guide, the…

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Indian Pelagianism: Learn to Overpower Death

Among the opponents of Augustine of Hippo in the 4th and 5th centuries were the Pelagians—monks, mostly, who believed that salvation and eternal life could be accomplished by a finely-chiseled…

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Jews, God and Videotape

Gottlieb called his rabbi and said, “I know tonight is Kol Nidre, but tonight the Yankees start the playoffs. Rabbi, I’m a life-long Yankee fan. I’ve got to watch the…