Adopt-a-Mosque

The first mosque I visited had a bullet hole in the outside placed there a drive-by shooter while adults and children were inside having a prayer service. It reminded me of the bomb that killed four black children at a church in Alabama in 1963. We, as a nation, eventually found better ways to address [Read More…]

“As-salamu alaykum, What’s up, Bro?” — The Many Graces of Allah

I have been in many mosques, including four of the most “amazing mosques from around the world.” Then there’s the retired imperial mosque of Hagia Sophiain Istanbul — which made a decent Christian basilica, or so I’m told — wherein I once ‘stowed away’ after hours and spent part of an evening by myself marveling under its magnificent Byzantine [Read More…]

A Search for the Historically Angry Jesus: A Review of Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

A Review of ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (Random House, 2013) On the page before the table of contents of Reza Aslan’s new book, ZEALOT, there appears one line from the Gospels: “Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring [Read More…]


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