Family Lines

Chasing ghosts in Greece.



A photo-essay around the edges of worship.


This Mutant Genre

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

"They said father didn't keep his Life Insurance paid up!"—advertisement for Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Truth-Telling in Vulgaria

Questions for Kathryn Joyce, who bursts the international Christian adoption bubble in her new book, The Child Catchers.


Born Again Rural

How to get found in the woods.

Buy Kathryn's first book before the next one comes out!

Go Global Religion Journalism!

It’s not often that journalism, especially the kind that deals with global religious issues, gets a stimulus plan. But last year, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism announced…

Qunice Mountain in the Madison Capitol.

Q Reports Live from Madison

Our very own Senior Editor Quince Mountain is, as we blog-speak, in the occupied Capitol building of Madison, Wisconsin. Over the course of yesterday, he and I had an extended…

Killing the Buddha

Means of Demolishing Thetans

JonJ in Philadelphia writes, responding to J. C. Hallman’s recent essay, “Killing the Thetan,” a critique of Lawrence Wright’s widely-discussed story on Scientology: Yes, Wright’s piece in the New Yorker…

"2008-03-15 Anonymous Hollywood Scientology protest" by Jason Scragz, via Flickr.

Killing the Thetan

On what The New Yorker’s coverage of Scientology lacks.