Why do some of us have to witness and bear the destruction of a world—a destruction that we did not make?

The image comes from the November 6, 1921 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Even Religious Freedom Victories Harbor Defeats

How a 1927 Supreme Court case helps us understand today’s controversies over travel bans, border walls, and executive orders.


Forgiveness in the Epoch of Me Too

Whose job is it, anyway?


Celebrate the Death

Dust to dust, the stuff of us, before and after life.

Photo by John St John via Flickr

Asphalt Altar

From the violence of the streets to the ritual space of the asphalt court


The Buddha Loves Boundaries

Being in the moment doesn’t mean they can punch you in the face.


Cloudy Coffee

Left out of Kannada conversation, I always recognize “coffee.”


This Mutant Genre

The introduction to a new anthology Radiant Truths: Essential …. Essays on American Belief

Killing the Buddha

Cowboy for Christ

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

by muffinbasket, via Flickr

Acts of Faith

I’d think to myself, this time I’ll thank her for taking the leap of faith that led to my birth. But always within a minute of our meeting, she’d say my boots were clunky and I had a bad haircut.

Occupy Catholics art by KtB's Communicant, Mary Valle.

No Revolution Without Religion

Why the Occupy movement needs to Occupy faith.


Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

What to make when it’s your turn to feed a dead grandmother?

"The Fall of Man, after Hendrick Goltzius" by Mike Licht,, via Flickr.

Edens Everywhere

It wouldn’t be paradise if it weren’t already lost.

Photo by CS Muncy.


“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”

Marc Chagall, "The Birthday"

Mistress of the Return

An exclusive excerpt from Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter.


A Hundred Unspoken Rules

Bloodlines bridge the divide between belief and disbelief.


Victory Through Daughters

An exclusive excerpt from Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement from Beacon Press.


The Pope Converts

When will the Roman Catholic Church come out of the theological closet?