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Real Life Ghostbusting in Gotham

This just in, coming up at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, the home of Jay Bakker’s hipster church and the proof for the existence of Santa: NEW YORK PARANORMAL Real…

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Sukkah City

Looking up through kosher structures.

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Laughing for Pakistanis

Comedian Aasif Mandvi, correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, began last night’s “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” at Comix on W. 14th Street in New York (previously blogged by…

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Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll: Live in New York

Old-time Buddha-killer Joel Heng Hartse has a new book coming out in a few days, Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll: My Life on Record, and those of you in…

Train of Thought

Stephen Hawking Decrees God Away

This afternoon on the New York subway I came across this little gem, this “train of thought” meant to inspire who-knows-what among riders in the course of their usual hum-drum…

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“Clerical Impropriety” Is So Hot Right Now

Those of you who thought Buddhism was still the proverbial last righteous man in Sodom might be disappointed to read August 20th’s New York Times. In his article “Sex Scandal…


Is He Dead?

An estranged stepfather’s suicide begs the question.

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Hipster Xians in Brooklyn

If you didn’t get enough Jay Bakker from Joseph Huff-Hannon’s “Happy Hour Gospel” last week, be sure to check out our friend Nicole Greenfield’s new essay at Religion Dispatches: “Cooler…

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“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”

Jay Bakker from a Kenneth Cole ad.

Happy Hour Gospel

The Bakkers’ son has a church of his own—in the back of a Brooklyn bar.

Michael Jackson

American Jesus: Glam for God

After feasting on Andy Warhol’s rendition of the Last Supper at the Brooklyn Museum, I attended the opening of David LaChapelle’s American Jesus with some anticipation. After all, this noted…

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.

Abraham's Daughters

Three Religions, One Upcoming Play… and an Atheist

We’re excited to announce that this year’s New York International Fringe Festival will include Abraham’s Daughters, a play by Elissa Lerner, contributing editor over at KtB’s sister site, The Revealer.…

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Ground Zero for American Islam

A few weeks ago, we were all talking about race. An event—the accidental firing of Shirley Sherrod, a USDA employee—set off one of those “national conversations”:  a spurious debate driven…

Entrance to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

Sure and Certain Hope

Walking with grandma through an exhibit about death.

The TBN stage

Believer, Beware at TBN

Even though I am not a pastor by any means, when I got an invite from TBN-New York to attend their open house for pastors, the offer of free food…

St. Mark's-Waiting - W 39th and Madison

Episcopal Pride in NYC

On June 27, 2010, the Episcopal Diocese of New York put into practice their slogan “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” by marching in the NYC Pride Parade. This move visibly…

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High Like a Hasid

Big hats, good money, ecstatic pills.