sinners and saints

Sinners and saints

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The What of God?

A chat with Robert Wright on his new monster, The Evolution of God.

Hecate, goddess of witches

You’re Not in Oz, Anymore

From Believer, Beware: the KtBniks meet a real witch in Kansas.

Cornel West

The Supreme Love and Revolutionary Funk of Dr. Cornel West, Philosopher of the Blues

(A version of this article first appeared in the May 28, 2009 Rolling Stone.) Cornel West is a slender man, but he hugs like a sumo wrestler: crouch, grab, wrap and squeeze. “I want to love everybody,” West tells me not long after he greets me at his Princeton University office with a bear hug…

Jonathan Rundman

Heartland Liturgy

Rocking out to hymns and ordaining gay pastors: an interview with Lutheran singer-songwriter Jonathan Rundman.

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Marching the Buddha

If monks in Myanmar weren’t marching against the military junta this week, they would likely be taking part in a march of another kind. Late September is traditionally the time for one of Myanmar’s largest religious festivals, held just 100 miles north of Yangon, epicenter of the protests and scene of increasingly violent government response.…

"The Coming of the Lord" (detail), by William Thomas Thompson.

The Colorful Apocalypse

What does it take to be an “outsider artist”? Brushes, paint, and revelation.

Jonathan Edwards

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Evangelical

Jonathan Edwards and the making of America.

Klaus Kinski in "Marquis de Sade: Justine"

The Marquis de Sade and St. Valentine

The Marquis de Sade, sexual liberator or sexual deviant? And St. Valentine, patron saint of lovers and the original international man of mystery.

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Charles Keating and St. Cecelia

Charles Keating, one of the masterminds behind the Savings & Loan rip-off of the 1980s, and St. Cecelia, patroness of musicians.

Works Project Administrative Bricklayer, courtesy of the WPA Archive

Do the Right Thing, Damn It

America’s leading theologian on laying bricks and taking the Lord’s name in vain.

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Save Me Somebody: Bruce Springsteen’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Covenant

The Boss will take you to the river if you help him get there.

Riders for God

Real Death Angels

Confesssions of an outlaw Christian biker.