Lent: Season of Our Hypocrisy

From to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.

Mary, you left <em>this</em>in the conference room. Get a hold of yourself.

The Douthat Obsession

From the KtB inbox this morning: Dear Killing the Buddha, We have noticed some suspicious internet activity on the part of subject Mary Valle. We observed that she clicked on this article over 500 times in the last 24 hours. Also, we intercepted some suspicious emails to the author of the article. Excerpts are below.…

Bridge in Cairo, January 28, 2011. Photo by Timothy Kaldas.


Hope, apprehension, and the revolution in Egypt.

Hamlet skull.

Seven Pieces of Advice

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Or, for that matter, an actual 18-year-old? Alexa, very good old friend of mine, sent out an email recently that brought out some surprising things among those of us who received it and responded: a request for advice. Apparently, her brother’s teacher wrote to parents asking for…

From Scott Clark, via Flickr.

I Laughed When I Saw Him, in Spite of Myself

Learning to lie to your kids.


The Afterlife, The Aftermath

When a grandmother’s ghost says go, you go.


Trish Hooper’s Last Words

KtB has had a spate of submissions regarding illness and death lately, and autumn has only just begun. In today’s piece, “Letting Gravity Win,” KtB editor Meera Subramanian reminds us that “we are all guilty of having lost the art of dying” and builds a case for the widespread reclaiming of this lost art. To…

Jay Bakker from a Kenneth Cole ad.

Happy Hour Gospel

The Bakkers’ son has a church of his own—in the back of a Brooklyn bar.

Entrance to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

Sure and Certain Hope

Walking with grandma through an exhibit about death.

"Stone Circle" by clspeace via Flickr.


A new generation, an ancient festival, a spot in the park.

What makes you think you've got the right?

Still Just a Comic Book

Asterios Polyp and the fate of life lived through modernism.

"Judah and the Prostitute," from The Brick Testament.

Bible Family Values—in Pictures!

Tibor Krausz’s article today, “Adam’s Family Jewels,” has gotten a good number of readers riled up. Bob R. of Grand Rapids wrote: Hello, I enjoyed your article.  I’m a Graduate of Wheaton College’s Ancient Languages program, a former fundamentalist, whose immersion in these stories caused him to relinquish any pretense to literalism, inerrancy, or even…


The Virgin Birth

By an act of God—or a Petri dish and a bit of cash.

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.


Albertson’s Chicken for the Soul

Hungry, homeless, and caught in the rainstorm of life.

Killing the Buddha

Eureka Springs

Gumby the Christ figure looks over a small town in the Ozarks.


Bedtime Stumblings

Somewhere between Jedi and G.I. Joe, there must be an explanation.

Not so fast.

Birth Is Suffering

The Buddha named his son “Fetter” for a reason.