About Deborah Arca

Deborah Arca is the Director of Content at Patheos.

I Am Grateful He Is Gone

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By Scott LeRette Author, The Unbreakable Boy: A Father’s Fear, A Son’s Courage, and A Story of Unconditional Love This last August my son, Richard Austin, went to college. We’d always thought the empty nest would be so easy and so welcome—for Teresa, Logan, and me. Living with Austin is more challenging than I can [Read More...]

Raising Abel: A Q&A with author Ronald Ragotzy

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This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re discussing the new book Raising Abel: The Life of Faith, by Ronald Ragotzy. Here, Dr. Ragotzy shares a bit about his book, and what he hopes readers will take away from it. Q: Why did you write this book? Is there any “back story” that inspired you? [Read More...]

Confessions of an Advent Extremist: A Q&A with Sybil MacBeth

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Even as we throw out the empty candy wrappers and put away the costumes from Halloween, the season of Advent looms just around the corner. Starting the last Sunday of November, Advent announces the beginning of the Christmas season in the Christian liturgical calendar. In our hyper-consumer culture however, the season of Advent often gets overlooked [Read More...]

Three Tips for Facing the Future without Worry

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By Amy Simpson Author, Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry I can relate to sixteenth-century French writer Michel de Montaigne, who wrote, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” I’ll bet you can relate too. We all worry about the future. And most of us are willing [Read More...]

Jon Sweeney on When Saint Francis Saved the Church

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“I don’t think we can really grasp Francis’s life today unless we see it through the lens of his struggles, and unless we meet the friends and followers who seemed to do all they could to screw up what Francis started.” – Jon Sweeney, author, When Saint Francis Saved the Church This month, popular historian [Read More...]

Zen and the Art of Self-Contradiction: A Review of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God

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By Dale McGowan Managing Editor, Patheos Atheist Channel About twice a week, as I’m drifting off to sleep, the deep unfairness of conscious mortality takes a bite out of me. I flinch and gasp; my wife stirs and grumbles, “You’re fine.” No, I think, I’m really not. And neither are you. And I go to [Read More...]

When Believers and Nonbelievers Marry: A Q&A with Dale McGowan

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Across America, particularly among adults under age 33, secularism is on the rise. Nearly one third of Millennials, according to the Pew Research Center, don’t identify with a particular religion. And 20 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as nonreligous. So what happens when a nonbeliever falls in love with a believer? Popular author and secular [Read More...]


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