Christianity

Christianity

October 30, 2009

The confluence of the rambunctious American ritual of Halloween with the somber and sobering feast days of All Saints and All Souls that follow on its heels has always been confusing to me — never more so than when I was a child. Halloween ranked second to Christmas for the near-hysteria of our anticipation.

The thrill of dressing up to be something scary was delicious, especially so because, as the smallest and youngest member of my large Catholic family, I was much more experienced at being scared than being scary. Halloween allowed me to become the monster. This, no doubt, is at the heart of its hold over us. We’re able to put on the clothing of that which frightens us: darkness and death itself.

October 06, 2009
February 03, 2009

"I think the downtown artistic community is realizing we don’t really have the option of dismissing [evangelical Christianity] anymore. This is a force in our world."

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November 04, 2008

When do charity and aid help, and when are they counterproductive? A video from one group's perspective.

October 27, 2008

Forget the glossy Bible hype. A clever cover reveals more, and says less.

September 19, 2008

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

September 06, 2008

News reports selectively cited quotes from Sarah Palin's speech to "M.C." students. View her entire speech and add your own knowledge.

June 26, 2008

Producer Colleen Scheck reflects on the "brewing" of this show on our staff blog.

June 03, 2008

What do you get when you search the term "heschel" — a surprising image and a moment of insight.

March 05, 2008

(photo:Vitor Sá - Virgu/Flickr)

I enjoyed Nicholson Baker’s essay about Wikipedia (a warning: in his discussion of Wikipedia vandalism, he quotes some profane language) in The New York Review of Books. He notes the astonishing fact that 1500 articles are deleted from Wikipedia every day, and there are warring factions of deletionists and inclusionists battling each other all the time.

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