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From the frontlines

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God Bless and Be Well

What does church look like when the Baptists go online in a science town?

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In the Garden

One of the last things I did in the time I now think of only as before was to take a hike at Occonneechee Mountain State Natural Area in North Carolina with my boyfriend. It was early March, and everything was still brown, save for patches of moss alongside the path. We thought it would be nice…

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It’s the End and Nothing Feels Fine

I don’t use the word “apocalypse” or “apocalyptic” lightly. I’m a scholar of bad endings. And the pandemic that we face right now feels like it could be a very bad ending.

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This Way to the Gas Chambers, Ladies and Gentlemen (Auschwitz 2003)

It occurred to me that one is always imagining how one could live in Auschwitz. But almost everyone died in Auschwitz.

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Dream State in Sturgis Library

The story threads written so long ago still tied us to the world out there, like spider silk unspooling across the moat.

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Bloomsday

In the home I grew up in, we consider all books sacred. When someone accidentally drops a book or grazes one with a foot, we place our hand on the cover and gently touch our closed eyelids.

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Goddess Therapy

When conventional medicine and therapy fail, some turn to the goddess.

"If you focus too much on only a personal relationship being the core tenet of your faith, then it means that you're more easily able to marginalize topics like human suffering, which in some cases is spurred by climate change. We are embodied creatures in this planet, so let's live like we are," said Sean Lyon. Credit: Meera Subramanian

Young Evangelicals Fighting for Climate Action

For students at this top evangelical college, loving God means protecting creation. That includes dealing with the human sources of climate change.

Available September 4, 2018. Click cover to learn more.

An Oral History of Shame

An Excerpt From Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

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Taking Twilight’s Measure

Clearmont, Wyoming.

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The Schism In the Sky: How the Eclipse Divided America

Madras, Oregon.

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Seeing Directly Through the Clouds

Chicago, Illinois.

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Total Eclipse and The Meaning of Insufficient Meaning

Sedalia, Missouri.

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Transit of Shadow: On Eclipses

Totally predictable, yet totally magical.

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Family Lines

Chasing ghosts in Greece.

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The Trouble with (Holy) Saturday

What is Holy Week for an Unholy Family?

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Hill Cumorah

Scenes from the annual pageant of Mormon origins.

Photograph by the author.

Silver Bells

Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.