Killing the Buddha

(Still) Speaking of Science

When I reviewed Krista Tippett’s new collection of interviews, Einstein’s God, last month for KtB, I was having to read between the lines for Tippett’s own views on the eternal…


The Politics of Big Questions

As I’ve worked on questions of religion and reason, both in the academy and as a journalist, the John Templeton Foundation has been around every turn. As I called, corresponded,…

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Speaking of Science

Krista Tippett and her interlocutors take on the “Big Questions.”

Killing the Buddha

Bill No. 666

Do you think John of Patmos, as he scribed away in exile, ever had the premonition that his words would carry such weight 2,000 years later, in the democracy labs…

Killing the Buddha

Science and Belief—Truce?

Today, over on the Huffington Post, Nina Burleigh’s piece Science and Belief in Turin is calling for a truce between science and religion, and warning that all those believers who…

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You Call That God?

Why Karen Armstrong’s Case for God isn’t one.


Thou Shalt Not Abdicate

The godly get good on climate change.

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Why I Don’t Pray

God just might not be that kind of God.

Initiation of an apprentice Freemason around 1800.

Modernity’s Fraternity

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

Hildegard von Bingen, bronze statue by Karl-Heinz Oswald, 1998.

Informed Worship

Saint Hildegard and the science of religious experience.

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Why I Love Lucy

High hopes for the first woman’s Times Square debut.

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Hand-waving and Healing Energy

In today’s Providence Journal, KtB associate editor Alex Rose kills the Buddhas of the alternative medicine fads: I don’t mind the practice, or that acupuncturists assert that the practice works.…

Newton by William Blake

The Most Beautiful System

The power and danger of Isaac Newton’s faith.


Rules of Engagement

What is the architecture of imagination that makes the horror of war seem possible, sensible, and coherent? This week at Religion Dispatches, I review a new book that takes important…

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The What of God?

A chat with Robert Wright on his new monster, The Evolution of God.


Science & Religion: Still Not Settled

A psychologist, an astrophysicist, and, um, a “neurotheologist” take the stage in a Brooklyn art gallery, alongside donation-priced beer, to talk about science and religion. That should about cover the…

I Can't Hear God Anymore

Become Cult-Aware in Dallas

The storied Dallas Morning News religion desk has fallen on hard times. A couple months ago, news came that the last religion reporters were reassigned to cover suburban schools or…

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Too Fantastic

There is something otherwordly about the physical act of hearing stories spoken. I just walked through my Brooklyn backyard, better known as Prospect Park, listening to This American Life, an…