From the "Thor" movie poster.


What happens when Hollywood gets a hold of your gods.

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Martyrdom Makeover

New from me at Religion Dispatches: The idea of martyrdom hasn’t been in very good shape lately. One common usage of it—“I’ll not be made a martyr!”—refers to the prospect…

Still from "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then."

Falling Up

The fate of an unanswered prayer in Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then.

He is frequently known to need serious dental work.

Mortician or Priest

What kind of exorcist do America’s movie theaters really need?

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I Need My Pain!

There’s nothing like seeing an old friend come up with something awesome. That’s just what I got to do last night, blessedly; at Dixon Place, the experimental performance space on…

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No Country for Bold Men

In the face of capricious violence, what kinds of heroes should we seek? This is the rich question being debated over the internet by two unlikely interlocutors: Stanley Fish, a…

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What’s Your Calling?

If someone were to ask you what your calling was, what would you say? The facial expressions in the first ten seconds of this say it all: What’s Your Calling?…

Courtesy of the internet meme.

Cutting It Out

Watching movies with Mormons.

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Idiots with Wings

Bill Plympton’s animated Angel is a selfish and morally bankrupt man, a cartoon character who could give the Grinch a run for this money and probably scare the bejesus out…

God in America

Liveblogging “God in America,” Day 2

Okay, day 2, hours 3 and 4, of PBS’s new special, “God in America.” See yesterday’s liveblogging here. Please join the conversation live in the comments! (Also, check out Patheos’…

God in America

Liveblogging “God in America” on PBS

I’m doing this because… why not? Never done it before, and thought it might be fun. Here’s the official website. Join in if you like in the comments! Also: Day…

"Luis and the Balloons" by Thomas Hawk

Letting Gravity Win

Four questions whose answers might save your life.

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The Temptation of St. Tony

Eat Pray Love

Unseen Movie/Unread Book Review: Eat Pray Love

I recently saw a commercial for the movie Eat Pray Love. I said, “This is the sort of thing that makes me embarrassed to be a white lady, just like…

Illustration by Mary Valle.

Won’t Someone Think About the Parishioners?

A KtB reporter was on the streets when the news broke about Mel Gibson’s tirades. Our concern: his flock at his own Church of the Holy Family in Malibu. The…

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

No, this isn’t about Philip Pullman’s new book by the above title. For that, go read Christopher Hitchens’ review in the Times if you have to. I use the words…

From "Holy Rollers," courtesy of First Independent Pictures.

High Like a Hasid

Big hats, good money, ecstatic pills.


Martyr City

If you don’t know the name Hypatia, you should. In the grand mythology of the Enlightenment (to which, on optimistic days, I subscribe), her murder at the hands of a…