U2 Surprise Release New Album “Songs of Innocence”

U2 Surprise Release New Album Songs of Innocence for Free on iTunes By Jeremy Gordon (First published in Pitchfork)At an Apple event held today in Cupertino, California, U2 both announced and released their new album, Songs of Innocence. (That's the cover, above.) The follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon is available for free, right now, for anyone who uses iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music. It will be an Apple exclusive until October 13, when it will receive a physical release … [Read more...]

Hooray for the Serendipitous Messy Exchange of Body Fluids!

"We’re living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We’d rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other." Here's my wife Genie when she was 18 with our first child Jessica Over lunch today, my wife Genie told me that looking back at the time when we were living with my family at L’Abri in Switzerland in the 1970s, she feels especially grateful to my parents. Ge … [Read more...]

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU (personally) ABOUT HOW to CHANGE the NATIONAL DEBATE on RELIGION whatever you BELIEVE… or DON’T BELIEVE

Here's the deal: I'm talking "virtual book tour" to you!Just buy 8 copies or more of my new book in paperback and I'll give you ONE HOUR face-to-face on Skype with me and we can use that time any way you want (within reason! ).And/or I will talk to your group, class, church, whatever-- to discuss my book and what I'd like to do about changing the entire conversation about faith and spirituality.Let's embrace uncertainty and paradox together.Help me turn the book into a movement. … [Read more...]

Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist Christians rejecting gay men and lesbians’ right to marry, or atheist humanists treating men and women with love and dignity?

Who is actually following Jesus: fundamentalist Christians rejecting gay men and lesbians’ right to marry, or atheist humanists treating men and women with love and dignity? Fact-based, enlightened atheists sometimes treat people like shit, and delusional fundamentalists sometimes treat people with compassion in spite of their harsh theology. Labels don’t mean anything. Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from dro … [Read more...]

Post-ISIS, If George W. Bush Was Honorable (or at least a Good Shogun!) He’d commit Suicide– Here’s His “Suicide Note…”

 To my Family, the men and women in uniform and to the American People,As the Middle East falls into the grip of Islamic extremist terror unleashed by ISIS and others too numerous to count, it has become clear to me -- at last -- that my arrogance and stupidity alone led to this cataclysm. Attacking Iraq was a hubristic folly. The consequences were and are about to be fatal to millions of people-- from our service people killed, to beheaded hostages, to women forced to undergo … [Read more...]

“This is what being raised in the southern Bible belt will do to you…If it is ok, I will share my head for the first time to anyone”

NOTE: If you come from an evangelical background and feel anguish you are not alone. Here's proof! I get 20-30 emails and FB messages a day from readers of my new book expressing anguish over their religious backgrounds. I answer all of them. I learn more from my readers than they learn from me. Here's one exchange I found very moving. (Printed here by permission, name changed.) Take hope. Sat, Aug 16, 2014 12:26 pmFrank: It is such a relief to get to share my head with someone. I am not … [Read more...]

How I Trashed Frank Schaeffer in my Novel as an American Hitler and Why He’s Promoting It: Guest BLOG by the Former Schaeffer Family Crossway Books Publicist

Katie sent me this essay about trashing me. It's good so I'm publishing it as a guest blog here. Also: I come out okay by the end! Back in the early 1980s as a very young woman Katie Andraski worked as a publicist in big time Christian publishing at Crossway Books. She did what few evangelical publicity people ever managed to do: Katie convinced editors at Newsweek, The New York Times, and the NBC "Today Show" to publicize the Schaeffer family as we emerged as leaders in the religious right. In t … [Read more...]

God’s Covenant in the Promised Land was not Made With Those Who Drop Fragmentation Bombs Over the Hovels of Gaza– A Passionate Call to Conscience

"God’s iron requirement to stand with the oppressed occurs as well in the Hebrew and Greek bibles. Those who turn away from righteousness—be they Jew, Christian or Muslim—violate that covenant. They are not God’s people..." Read more of this passionate guest column first printed in  Truthdig by Chris Hedges.By Chris HedgesGod’s covenant in the Promised Land was not made with those who pilot F-16 fighter jets that drop 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs over the concrete hovels of Gaza … [Read more...]


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