Author Archive
The Postsuburban Gospel

The Postsuburban Gospel

Fred Folmer reviews Justin Wilford's Sacred Subdivisions.
The Only Human Response

The Only Human Response

Don Jolly illustrates the day.
"The Bible's" Fill of Meaningful Omission

“The Bible’s” Fill of Meaningful Omission

"The Bible" squashed the central achievement of biblical storytelling: meaningful omissions and lacunae, “story” as the seed of excited, growing interpretations.
Daily Links: Brave Old World Edition

Daily Links: Brave Old World Edition

What we're consuming.
Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College

Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College

An excerpt from Scott Korb's fantastic new book Light Without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College.
Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement's Adoption Obsession

Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement’s Adoption Obsession

By Kathryn Joyce When devout Christian families made it their mission to save children from war-torn countries, the match was often far from heavenly.
A Portrait of Amadu Bamba, Sufi Saint

A Portrait of Amadu Bamba, Sufi Saint

So they dispatched a man with a camera into the hinterland to catch the sage on film.
Me and My Mat

Me and My Mat

Naturalized as an integral part of practice, the mass produced yoga mat is an illustrative example of niche commoditization and the way entrepreneurs savvily build microeconomies around emergent lifestyle trends.
Pet Cemetery

Pet Cemetery

As earlier memorials to bears and whales suggest, capitalism doesn’t diminish our need for ritual—it heightens it.
The Danger of Winning

The Danger of Winning

By Ann Neumann Is a revisionist history of abortion rights being used--by journalists, supporters, and lawyers--to curtail Supreme Court rulings on other rights like same sex marriage. Is "fear of the backlash" just a stubborn frame?
An Amish Moment

An Amish Moment

Amish books and Amish baseball. Amish are clearly having a moment... again.
"The Bible" and the Commercial Beat

“The Bible” and the Commercial Beat

Don Jolly on the History Channel's sendup of the bible, "The Bible."