Jonathan Edwards

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Evangelical

Jonathan Edwards and the making of America.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Reading Niebuhr Instead

A Christian realist for the reality-based community.


Baba, Baba, Everywhere!

God is a Dickhead — conclusive proof from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

"Whether it was Ahab's or Jonah's it was too soon to say..."

The Buddha Whale

Hunted to the brink of extinction, the authors look for a place to hide.

"So what if you can't pin down the exact history of yoga..."

Yoga for Skeptics

Desperate for enlightenment, Westerners flock to India. But the modern yogis’ link to a mystical ancient lineage may be mere hocus pocus.


Mortal, Eat This Scroll!

Read the story that started it all. An excerpt from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

Will Oldham

When We Were Ambiguous

The almost-breaking point of Will Oldham.

Whose passion exactly are we're talking about here?

Whose Passion?

How Mel Gibson turned the blood of Christ into a marketing plan.

"The Angel of the Revelation," William Blake

Hermaphrodite Terrorist Angel

How many holy rollers does it take to pray the devil out of a hermaphrodite terrorist angel?

Image from "Knocking of Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of the Counterculture" by Mark Oppenheimer (detail)

That Old Time Religion

Still strange, but different: Three new books look at the changing shape of religion in America.

Bostoner Rebbe

In the Court of the Bostoner Rebbe

A black hat diaspora in the city on the hill.

Cash backstage in an undated photo.

The Gospel According to Johnny Cash

Was the Man in Black our own personal Jesus?

Abraham mourning for the death of Sarah (detail), Marc Chagall, 1931-1939


The new neocons ask: What would Abraham do?

Madalyn Murray O’Hair

Don’t Stop Unbelieving

A new biography of America’s most godless woman.

Mitre Peak, New Zealand

Coming Home, O Lord, I’m Coming Home

An expat returns to America just in time for holy war.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection

Losing Their Religion?

The Salvation Army has been taking money from the government for years. But at what cost?

Leonardo DiCaprio, catching God if he can

Gods of New York

America began in the streets — with religious violence.

Polly Trout does not really have a minivan. This is her art car.


Careening towards nirvana in a mid-sized American vehicle.