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

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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...]

Muslims, Ground Zero, Fear and Fairness

“I sympathize with all those who are afraid of Muslim terrorists. I do not join them in that fear–statistically speaking, Americans are as likely to die in their bathtubs as they are to be killed by terrorists–but I am cursed by empathy, the writer’s ability to see how other people think, live, and love. If I were a New Yorker, perhaps I would also be upset by the news that Sufi Muslims want to build a spiritual center in lower Manhattan, not far from the site of the World Trade Center attacks. Maybe. But I doubt it.” Guest blogger and Episcopal lay preacher Greg Garrett files a passionate response to the continuing debate over the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque.” [Read more...]


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