Good News in Wartime

A Good Opening

From the pamphlet Sharing the Good News in Wartime The Biblical verses on some of our gunsights have caused some controversy. When asked, why not use it as an opening to share the Gospel? Here’s an example. Subject: Is that one of those Jesus rifles? Soldier: Why yes, it is. Put your hands on your…

The 12th Planet

The Most Controversial 89-year-old Man in New York

I’ve just been one-upped by The New York Times, and I’m glad of it. In October, 2008, I did an essay for The Smart Set in tribute to my favorite “ancient astronaut” theorists, the greatest of which is without question Zecharia Sitchin. About him, I wrote: The idea goes like this: If you read the…

"Adam and Eve - (almost anatomically correct!) bar tools set" by EraPhernalia Vintage (here . . . every now & then) via Flickr

Adam’s Family Jewels

Keep that Bible out of reach of children.

Killing the Buddha

Crashing the Mayans’ Big Date

Most of us know, one should hope, that the media’s portrayal of 2012 is essentially baseless. What is more interesting, though, is the way that the Mayan date of 2012 has been forcibly grafted onto Western understandings of the ages of man and Judeo-Christian beliefs about the end of the world. The pop phenomenon surrounding…

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Prodigal Son

The running father, the starving son, the fatted calf, the husks, and the unbearable question.

Original art by Susan Morningstar

Barbershop Dharma

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

Jesus Riding on a Cloud, by chrislong_2008 via photobucket

Spaceship Jesus Will Come Back and Whisk Us Away

The disastrous politics of Rapture, in an excerpt from Patience with God.


John the Baptizer’s Second Act

The other day I received an unusual publicity letter from Alane Mason, a senior editor at W.W. Norton, enclosed with a copy of John the Baptizer, a recent novel by Brooks Hansen. “It was a long hard summer for books,” Alane wrote, and in publishing we’re all used to moving on to the next in…

In the beginning...

Crumb’s Genesis

Keep on truckin’ in the Garden of Eden.

Killing the Buddha

Assumed into Heaven: Sleep Tight, Virgin Mary

  It’s late night after the feast day of the Assumption, as in the Virgin Mary’s bodily assumption into heaven, the day of her Dormition, “falling asleep,” dead to the world. Sometime between three and fifteen years after the Resurrection of Christ, the apostles were transported, white-cloud express, from Corinth, Jericho, Kalyan (ancient Bombay)—wherever they…



King David as a model for present-day political power. An excerpt from The Family.

Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney at prayer

The Full Armor of God

Donald Rumsfeld took the LORD’s name in vain.


The Good, The Bad and Bumping Uglys

Some thoughts on masturbation, Mailer, and the Good Book.


Mark Twain’s Eden

When I was little, one of my favorite movies was The Adventures of Mark Twain, a claymation video that wove together bits and pieces from some favorite Twain stories. I was reminded of this the other day when, browsing in Denver’s magnificent Tattered Cover bookstore, I came across a delightful 1995 collection called The Bible…


The Tweets of the Christ

I’ve got a new little piece at Religion Dispatches this morning about last Friday’s Twitter passion play hosted by Trinity Church, that ancient place located at the top of Wall Street. “If you look in the scripture,” explains Linda Hanick, Trinity’s V.P. of communications and marketing, “the last words of Jesus are almost written in…

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Woman, Behold Your Son

What’s so good about Good Friday, anyway?

My Bible

The Pleasure of the Text

Jean-Luc Marion, at the outset of God without Being: One must admit that theology, of all writing, certainly causes the greatest pleasure. During the year of my becoming a Catholic, that frought and crazy and inevitable year, I bought a New Oxford Annotated Bible from my college bookstore. Its over two thousand pages flop between…

Killing the Buddha

Kiss This

Writes Stephen L. Carter, Yale church/state scholar and novelist: It is no accident that the great Western religions rely heavily on sacred texts—texts, moreover, that believers are able to touch and feel and carry about. The weight a Buy Cheap Cialis Soft nd heft of a Bible, its solidity, itself implies eternity. Matthew Brown of…