David F. Evans reviews Emily Raboteau's latest book, "Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora."
"The Bible" squashed the central achievement of biblical storytelling: meaningful omissions and lacunae, “story” as the seed of excited, growing interpretations.
As earlier memorials to bears and whales suggest, capitalism doesn’t diminish our need for ritual—it heightens it.
As President Obama makes his first visit to Israel today, Kiera Feldman examines Americans in the settlements... and their kitsch.
By Abby Ohlheiser With the conclave starting tomorrow, SNAP warns that a new pope can't magically fix the Catholic Church's ongoing sex abuse crisis.
The fearful narratives surrounding West African shrines and the ‘wives of the deity’ obscure the reality of these long-standing institutions, writes Julie Jenkins. With photographs by Dana Romanoff.
By Angela ZitoThis is The War. The War is far, far away, on a screen. It is terrible and distant. And most of us have never been made uncomfortable by it for a nanosecond.
Becky Garrison: What will a United States Supreme Court decision do for public opinion regarding same-sex marriage?
By Rachel Wagner We have become incapable of sitting with tragedy and loss, and instantly seek to make order of it through media.
Jake Halpern goes to India: It seems like a romantic and clichéd notion, but I was very earnestly itching to get the hell out of dodge and get a bit more spiritual.
By Jeff Sharlet Rick Warren's real conribution to American evangelicalism is the perfection of the humble-brag.
By Ayala Fader The digital age has caused a crisis of moral authority among ultra-Orthodox rabbinic leadership as they work to keep the secular world -- and sex abuse scandals -- at bay.