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Initiation of an apprentice Freemason around 1800.

Modernity’s Fraternity

Why the new Dan Brown book is a love letter to the Freemasons.

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Visual Metaphysics: Opicinus de Canistris

Passing through the Met’s Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages show this week, I was thrilled to discover a new fascination: the works of Opicinus de Canistris, a 14th-century Pavian who worked in the papal court in Avignon, France. According to the accompanying text, he survived a traumatic sickness, after which “he worked…

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God or Country

A good, religiously tolerant nation is hard to find.

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The Fake Fire

Searching for an ancient faith in its modern diaspora.

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The Book of Gershon

The trials—and occasional licentiousness—of a reluctant prophet.

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Found in Translation

A faith found in Tulsa translates to Berlin

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The New Agnosticism?

An old word putting forth new shoots — agnosticism is being tugged toward faith.