The Pope and Selfishness: Contradictions and Fictions
It was a record-scratching, “hold up, wait a minute” moment a few days ago when Pope Francis, who had just a couple of weeks back told Catholics that they don’t need to “breed like rabbits,” followed that up by stating that “the choice not to have children is selfish.” KtB editor Mary K. Valle and…
Evidence of Your Journey
From our new e-book,Oh God Oh God Oh God: Essays on Sex and Religion, available now!
The Niagara River
An excerpt from the novel High As The Horses’ Bridles, published this week by Henry Holt.
Cowboy for Christ
Gender-bending love at Bible camp. From Believer, Beware, now available as an e-book!
I resent that it is necessary to clarify my religious beliefs before I will be invited for coffee.
Love is an Animal Thing
Barbara King’s new book How Animals Grieve raises questions about grief, and its emotional corollary, love, for humans too.
From Iran With Love
The live-action film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Chicken with Plums opens today in New York (showtimes here) and August 31st in LA. The film may be set in Tehran circa 1958, with flashbacks back to the 1930s and ahead to 1990. But the casting of French, Italian, and other European actors to portray Iranians,…
Sin and Sainthood on Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, the KtBniks have unearthed a gem (or, for the sake of terminological consistency, a bone, a shroud, a hair…) from the dusty shelves of the KtB reliquary. Check out “The Marquis de Sade and St. Valentine,” your one-stop source for Valentine’s Day sin and sanctity. Forgot to buy your loved one a…
“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”
Do You Believe Oil Is Lighter Than Love?
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has engineers scrambling, environmentalists screaming through their tears, biologists getting their rubber gloves and cleaning supplies ready, the military finally being put to some good use, BP stockholders selling, fisherman learning how to be oil skimmers instead of shrimpers, and—over at Religion Dispatches, Peter Laarman asking, in…