Believer Beware

Killing the Buddha

Cowboy for Christ

Gender-bending love at Bible camp. From Believer, Beware, now available as an e-book!


Believer, Beware! Resurrected

Believer, Beware is now available for the first time as an e-book! The 2009 anthology of the best of the first incarnation of KtB features irreverent yet heartbreaking personal essays from some of our favorite writers, including Jeff Sharlet, Peter Manseau, Laurel Snyder, Stephen Prothero, Patton Dodd, and Mary Valle. See the full list below.…

god in proof

Buy Buddha-killing Books!

So we’re not big on holiday themed lists at KtB, but we promise this one’s for a worthy cause: our contributors! Many of the excellent writers who have published here also came out with books this year, and we think they all make excellent gifts. But, as they used to say on Reading Rainbow, you…


Believers in Baltimore, Beware

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 7 pm – 9:00 pm The Brewer’s Art, 1106 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD What do you get when a grown-up Catholic girl, a Bible pornographer, and the avatar of a cut-and-run Jew walk into a bar? Find out at Brewer’s Art in Baltimore on March 24th when Killing the Buddha…

"Blue mosque tourist" by Prof-B via Flickr

Revelation Road

After ditching the tour group, he’s got twenty-four hours and seven very important Turkish towns to see.

Prove 'em wrong. Buy this book.

Heretic’s Bible Still Turnin’ Heads

Publishers’ studies tell us that human eyes on the cover of a book make sales, but something more interesting is catching the eyes of the critics over at Book Cover Archive. They just chose Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible, the first book to come out of this site, as one of the top ten…

Original art by Susan Morningstar

Barbershop Dharma

God-breathed, with a little off the side. A new excerpt from the KtB anthology, Believer, Beware.


Believer, Beware in Chicago!

So a transgender cowboy, a pornographer/Bible teacher, and a nostalgic former fundamentalist walk into a bookstore. It’s not a joke; it’s what will happen at Quimby’s Saturday, November 14 at 7 pm when Quince Mountain, Erik Hanson and E.J. Park read their contributions to Believer Beware, edited by Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau:“Cowboy for Christ”,…

Believer Beware

Pop Matters Praises Believer, Beware

Oliver Ho gives Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith, the new anthology from Killing the Buddha, a great review in Pop Matters. Every story in this collection is fascinating, and every one is imminently quotable…. There’s no discernible structure to the collection, which gives the book less of an overall shape than…

Believer Beware

Cowboy for Christ

From Believer, Beware: Gender-bending love at Christian camp.

"I realized I could follow the progress of my fast by keeping an eye on the moon every night..."

Hunger Is God’s Food

Praise the Lord and pass the leftovers—but not before the end of Ramadan.

Killing the Buddha

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…


Jesus Is Just Alright

A crack in Kevlar cynicism reveals a time of tripped out mysterium tremendum in Southern California. A new excerpt from the new KtB collection, Believer, Beware.

Killing the Buddha

Religion from the Inside Out

Ok, it’s just an Amazon review, but it’s the who rather than the what that makes this response to our book, Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith meaningful to us. Frank Schaeffer is a genuine Buddha killer, heir to the name, and, once upon a time, the influence of his father, Francis…

Killing the Buddha

Huff Po: Believer, Beware “Gets” It

For full disclosure, let us admit that bestselling novelist and memoirist Frank Schaeffer has written one piece for Killing the Buddha, but we in no way put him up for the rave review he published today on the Huffington Post. Here’s a taste: The just published Believer Beware is the most amusing and touching collection…

A Pre-Pubescent Messiah

I Was A Pre-Pubescent Messiah

On my days of divine immortality in Queens.

Killing the Buddha

Believer, Beware in Transit

Inhaling (silent) thank, exhaling (silent) you, inhaling (silent) help, exhaling (silent) us.  I do this meditation with my back straight, hands to lap, feet to ground—centering myself in seat 54C, Believer, Beware and a notebook on the tray table in front of me, as Lufthansa flight 405 begins its initial descent.  I breathe this slow…


The Answer: A Fine Evening for All

Believer, Beware has birthed into the world, with a holy wail and wicked laughter and much libation, which Merriam-Webster reminds us is “an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice (as to a deity)”. The evening at the wonderful Le Poisson Rouge attracted more than 150 people, a third of them walking out with…