Archives for December 2012

Favorite Christmas Memories from the Givens Family

[Editor’s Note: This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new book on the Mormon view of God called The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life, by Dr. Terryl and Fiona Givens. As Christmas approaches, we invited the Givens family to share some of their favorite holiday family memories with us [Read More…]

The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide: A Q&A with Author Hemant Mehta

Nearly a third of Americans under the age of thirty have no religious affiliation, the highest in any recorded generation. In this growing segment of “nones” are many young Atheists who have faced prejudice in their high schools and communities for standing up for their constitutional right of freedom from religion. This month at the [Read More…]

The God Who Weeps: A Q&A with Authors Terryl and Fiona Givens

In the midst of the so-called “Mormon Moment” in our country, a new Pew Research Center poll out this week reports that 8 in 10 Americans say “they learned little or nothing about the Mormon religion during the 2012 presidential election” (even while there was some “warming of attitude toward Mormonism”). With the release of [Read More…]

The Seven Deadly Sins: A Q&A with Author Lawrence Cunningham

Sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, anger, lust, and pride … or, when taken as a whole, better known as “the seven deadly sins.” But how much do we really know about this list? When were they first identified, and how did they become a part of the Christian tradition? And what makes these particular sins so [Read More…]

Win a Copy of Holy Nomad!

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re giving away 25 copies of Matt Litton’s new book, Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy.  In a recent interview with Litton, a writer, educator and speaker, he talked about why he wrote this book: I think a life without joy and meaning is more of a [Read More…]

Living the Good Life Now: A Review of Heaven on Earth

In a Peanuts cartoon, Violet turns to Linus and says, “You know what’s funny? Paintings of Adam and Eve where they both have belly buttons. Think about that; take as much time as you need.” If we take the Bible seriously (read; think about it to any degree), it can really mess with our head. [Read More…]

Practicing Our Faith: A Q&A with Colleen Griffith and Thomas Groome

Spiritual practices have always been central to the Catholic identity and they should still be, keeping our eyes set on what is central to our faith – and living it. –Colleen Griffith and Thomas Groome This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a lovely new book edited by renowned scholars Colleen M. Griffith [Read More…]