Hey all, We have our own domain name now! It’s godissometimesgreat.com. Hopefully, in the next 24 hours, this blog address will begin to redirect to the new one. If you’ve […]
And everybody cared about Catholicism for, like, a month. We’re getting closer to Benedict’s resignation, and the rumors have been circulating – namely, that the Pope’s twitter, @Pontifex is no […]
A new PBS Frontline report draws our attention to a possible inspirational figure for the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza: Anders Breivik, the Norwegian fascist Muslim hater who murdered dozens of […]
In our turbulent economic times, no business is safe. With the possible exception of nail polish retailers and megachurches. A recent Leadership Network survey shows that large churches, or churches […]
On Monday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman laid out China’s hopes for the post-Benedict XVI era of Vatican-China relations. From CCTV English: China is willing to develop relations with the […]
Simran Jeet Singh is a Ph.D candidate in religion at Columbia University and a writer for HuffPo religion. Earlier today, he was forced to let the TSA in San Francisco […]
Among the claims of a recent article by the Washington Post about the “culture of corruption” in Vatican City is that companies working in the city frequently receive up to […]
Did you hear that Desmond Tutu hates drone strikes? Yay Desmond! I chose to make Tutu’s face the featured image for this post because he is super-adorable. Also, he is […]
I always admire writers who can talk about sexism in the Middle East without resorting to lazy Islamophobic tropes, so my hat is off to Roger Friedland and Janet Afary, […]
I was driving to the radio station where I volunteer today, and I was listening to the radio. Somebody on NPR was talking about the pope, repeating the same old […]
Yes, I know that the Pope resigned. I’ll get to that in a minute. One of the topics that I find most compelling is how individual characters of faith are […]
Pope Benedict the XVI announced his resignation today, citing ill health. Benedict’s resignation will go into effect February 28th. Benedict’s brother told the Associated Press that Benedict had been considering […]
Happy weekend, everybody! I hope you survived the snowstorm. Now, to the news! So first off, Dorothy Day is the best. The Los Angeles Archdiocese is going to try to […]
Beliefnet.com, the epicenter of floofy new-agey protestant-esque “spirituality”, thinks that it’s readers will be offended by the word “feminism.” Or at least that’s what they told Kristine Holmgren, a playwright, […]
Justin Welby was confirmed Monday as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest role in England’s Anglican Church. Welby was a banker and oil executive before he became a priest in […]
This week’s Tuesday Longread follows up on Rob’s post from the other day. To recap: Vatican officials have recently admitted that they “do not understand youth culture”. The Pontifical Council for […]
Joe Winkler wrote an excellent post for The Rumpus on David Foster Wallace’s posthumous essay collection, Both Flesh and Not. The whole thing is great, but what caught my attention […]
This week saw everyone get really mad that they have to provide women with birth control, even as they ignored Israel forcing birth control on many Ethiopian Immigrants (for those […]
Mohamed Mohamud, who stood accused of trying to blow up a car bomb in Portland’s pioneer square during a popular Christmas tree lighting, was found guilty yesterday of attempting to […]
Last night, the Oregonian reported the naming of Alexander Sample, the new Archbishop of Portland. At age 52, he is the youngest prelate to be appointed an Archbishop in the […]
My grandfather died Tuesday, January 22nd. He had senile dementia – not Alzheimers, but an undiagnosed sort – a slow degradation of the brain from an unknown cause. It first […]
There’s no better way to make my unheralded blog debut than to lead off with a story that’s about ten days old. Probably shouldn’t be a habit going forward. But […]
The Israeli government was forced to admit today that immigration officials coerced Ethiopian immigrants to receive injections of Depo-Provera, a birth control shot that lasts for three months with each […]
I’ll admit it – I love Keeping up with the Kardashians. It’s the ultimate reality show – eight bizarre people go around doing bizarre things with tons of money. What’s […]
It was a big week for religion in the news. A Pennsylvania Church staged a fake “terrorist raid” on its youth group. The church was given a $10,000 dollar fine, […]
For millenia, religion was one of the primary ways we understood the world. And even as we attempt to create a “secular” knowledge that is free of religious presuppositions, the […]
Hey all, So as you might have noticed, the last few months around here have been dead silent. I spent most of the fall writing blog posts for Religion Dispatches […]
A professor is fired from a Christian university because of who they are.
Respected religion writer’s take on Islam is straight outta Lawrence of Arabia.
Catch us over at Religion Dispatches for the next few weeks.
Why did a seemingly mundane article on Hobby Lobby lead to a commendation for defending religious freedom?
The basic conclusion? Things are very, very bad and probably getting worse.
What’s really going on in Egypt? Protesters corpses kept cold with fans and ice so they don’t rot, the military exploiting violence against Copts, and hospitals being burned to the ground.