Rob Bell and a New Christianity: A Q&A with Author James Wellman


Subversive, celebrity, radical, heretic … these are all adjectives that have been used to describe enigmatic religious leader Rob Bell. Popular pastor of the megachurch Mars Hill, Bell became one of the brightest rising stars in the evangelical world, but his penchant for theological questioning and boundary-pushing of the Gospel message, combined with unorthodox ways [Read More...]

Becoming Catholic, Again: A Q&A with Catherine Brunell


This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book Becoming Catholic, Again: Connecting the Faith We Were Taught with the Faith We Live. Author Catherine Wiecher Brunell, a 30-something mother of four, wrote the book partly in response to her own growing tensions with her tradition as she grappled with the teachings [Read More...]

Five Lines to Watch For in The Hobbit


By Devin Brown Author of The Christian World of The Hobbit Whether you are reading The Hobbit for the first time, rereading it for the twentieth, or simply looking forward to seeing the first of the three Hobbit films this December—here are five lines from Tolkien’s original to watch for. 1. “You can stop at [Read More...]

New Thought: Not Just About Me and My Mind


By Laura Paskell-Brown  “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” –John Lennon As someone who grew up in Europe, John Haller’s text, A History of New Thought, is a fascinating insight not only into the history of New Thought itself, but also the ways in which [Read More...]

The Power of the Mind in an Interdependent Universe


One of most spiritually significant and problematic aspects of New Thought and New Age philosophies involves its emphasis on the power of the mind and the role of thought in creating the circumstances of our lives. New Age teachers regularly proclaim that we create our own realities and that our life situation is a direct [Read More...]

Hungering for the Real Deal: A Review of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook


Editorial people create book titles that flirt with readers. They want us to pick it up, flip through and find it hard to put down. They want us to click into our cart and proceed to check out. This title won’t do that; it just doesn’t have much of a beat to dance to, overlooks [Read More...]

New Thought: The Real Genesis of “Positive Thinking”


Amid the numerous religious and secular positive thinkers today who have commodifided empowerment and self-discovery, the term New Thought is curiously absent from their discussions. [Read more...]