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Bombed-Out Jesus

It’s not until I look at the blank space where his face would be that I see how white he was.

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That’s Mrs. Christ to You

Of course Lord Jesus has a wife! Not much of a surpriser Her name is the Roman Catholic Church Unwashed: now you are wiser

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Jesus, PI, and the Case of the Liberating Curse

Speaking in riddles and a four-letter finale.

El Greco, "Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane."

There Is No Rock in You

The dreams of sleeping disciples at Gethsemane.


Lent: Season of Our Hypocrisy

From to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.

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Mr. Enigma, C Street Defender

Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s online edition asked me to write a short commentary on C Street, one of the subjects of my new book, C Street, and the 2010 midterm elections. A supporter of the organization behind C Street, the Family, posted a response, not so much to the commentary but to the…

The Gospel According to Superman

The Gospel Not According to Superman

I was tricked; John T. Galloway, Jr. pulled a fast one. He opens The Gospel of Superman (1973) with a galvanizing statement of purpose: “It is not my intent in this book to find the gospel in Superman. Rather I seek to find the gospel where it can best be found—in scripture and in the…

"Repas de Notre-Seigneur et des apôtres" by James Tissot, c. 1886-1894. Brooklyn Museum.

Jesus and the Sukkah

Why did they have to build a church over Christ’s Table?

Cutting out the middleman.

The Cock Crows

Anne Rice has denied Catholicism, but will it deny her?

God may not have appeared to Mother Theresa, but He needs to promote His book.

“Jesus” for Sale

Cutting the Christian cheese at Book Expo America.

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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 for something else. Last night a Londoner friend, appalled by my ignorance of Italian cinema, put on Pasolini’s 1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew.…

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He’s just a “regular guy” who, like so many of us, heads off for a new, exciting life in the Big Apple. So reads the plot sketch for a cartoon series Comedy Central is considering called “JC.” The protagonist leaves for NYC to “escape his father’s enormous shadow,” which actually sounds pretty funny. Apparently, JC’s…

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Lord Jesus Christ Suffers Minor Injuries

Late last week, there was a mishap in Massachusetts with holy implications. Patrick Johnson in The Republic reports: A 20-year-old Pittsfield driver was cited by police Tuesday after she ran down Lord Jesus Christ in a marked crosswalk at Main Street and Strong Avenue, police said.Brittany E. Cantarella was cited for a crosswalk violation, said…

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Happy Circumcision Day

As we kick off the New Year, let’s not forget that fallen Catholic festival, the Feast of the Circumcision. The Catholic Encyclopedia outlines the reasons for commemorating this festival on January 1st. “As Christ wished to fulfill the law and to show His descent according to the flesh from Abraham. He, though not bound by…


The Hole World

Dirt eating in Chimayo, New Mexico.

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They Knew What They Did

At last they’re taking out that namby-pamby liberal professor language about forgiving them my executioners— let Me assure you, those fuckers went straight to hell @

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.

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Jesus Trained for Afghanistan

We recently received an intriguing series of messages from Jesus, in the person of a German named Ralph Schulze: “Jesus” to “Killing the Buddha,” 9/17: As you see here: I, Jesus, trained with the Airborne for Afghanistan Mission. “Killing the Buddha” to “Jesus,” 9/17: Fascinating! Tell us more about yourself. “Ralph Schulze” to “Killing…