March 23, 2021

When it comes to religious texts, the context in which we encounter their words can often be just as important as the meaning behind them. At the University of Glasgow, Dr. Garrick Allen and his team are researching the way paratexts—or all the aesthetic features of a book beyond the main text itself, such as the binding, font, illustrations, or even cover—impact the way we absorb what we read. In this video, his team explores a 12thcentury Byzantine Gospel codex… Read more

October 1, 2020

In Rob Bell’s latest book, “Everything is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here,” he delves into the questions that have shaped his life and work. Bell, a New York Times bestselling author and renowned speaker, has written ten books. This one is deeply personal. The book explores how ideas like creation, love, and connection shaped his own faith journey, and how it also shapes our own. Bell took the time to answer a few questions about his… Read more

August 13, 2020

In his first book, The Power of Ritual (HarperOne), Casper ter Kuile makes a case for the value and relevance of personal and group practices—rituals. We need ritual, he argues, now more than ever, to make sense of life, to find purpose, to connect with others. Co-host of the popular “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” podcast, and co-founder of the Sacred Design Lab, ter Kuile is at the forefront of research on the changing landscape of religion and spirituality…. Read more

February 26, 2019

In November 2014, bestselling author Frank Viola was given a special task by Rick Warren. He asked him to write a series of articles called “Shocking Beliefs of [the Great Theologians]” on his blog. The one objective? To call for grace, civility and tolerance among Christians when they disagree with one another over doctrinal issues. This call couldn’t have come at a better time as we often see too many Christians act ungraciously toward one another when they disagree. This… Read more

November 8, 2017

A woman in crisis, Lily Burana had tried everything to cope with the debilitating depression and anxiety that plagued her on a daily basis. Therapy, medication, meditation – you name it, Lily had tried it but nothing was giving her the relief she so desperately needed. Fearing she was on the verge of death, Lily tried her remedy of last resort: faith. In her latest book, Grace for Amateurs, Lily details her own unique path toward a trusting relationship with God… Read more

July 21, 2017

I’m a lawyer and a novelist. In response to the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014 (and many other places since then), I decided to write a story. In doing so, I looked in the mirror and saw a sixty-one-year-old white man raised in the South. Read more

July 19, 2017

Movies are Prayers is one of the best books that I’ve read this year, and I’m a graduate student with a side-job of writing books reviews. What Larsen has done in this brief book is tremendously impressive. Larsen has created a new way of discussing films, a “film theory” in which readers are invited to ask what a given film has to say to and about God. Movies are Prayers taught me much about movies and much about prayer, to… Read more

June 29, 2017

A chart featured in The Myth of Equality compares the amount of time that slavery and segregation have been legal realities in the United States to the amount of time they have not. Slavery existed in America for 246 years, including the time before the United States achieved independence. Segregation existed legally for another 99 years following the abolition of slavery, meaning that minorities, especially African-Americans, have had full rights in the United States for only the last 53 years…. Read more

June 28, 2017

 Movies have a transformative power that’s perhaps unmatched by any other medium. But can movies actually be religious experiences? That’s what Josh Larsen eloquently makes the case for in his thought-provoking new book, “Movies Are Prayers.” Recently, Larsen answered a few questions about faith, film and his new book How do you think movies challenge our typical ideas about prayer? I like to think that the movies can work alongside our typical ideas of prayer. I know what it means… Read more

May 16, 2017

Tom Muzzio’s story is one that rings all too familiar in the nonreligious community. But it is still one worth telling. Born into a post-WWII era modernist home, Muzzio was captivated by the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s in college and converted to a fundamentalist strand of evangelical Christianity. His spiritual journey led him to become an evangelical minister and missionary. But something changed in the 1980s. As the Religious Right rose to prominence and brought it’s political… Read more

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