A Mighty Fortress by Margaret Talbot - We have arrived, it seems, at a moment in our history when the most vigorous and coherent counterculture around is the one constructed by conservative Christians….
The Quiet Hell of Extreme Meditation - A journey into and beyond the challenges of total silence.
Tears for Audrey By Gene Weingarten - Against the far wall is a dresser cluttered with religious statuary: crucifixes, Sacred Hearts, Virgin Marys, bleeding Jesuses with crowns of thorns. Scotch-taped beneath the chins of many of these effigies are little Dixie cups, to catch the weeping oil…
What Would Jesus Do? - Christian bands rock like Americans play soccer: skillfully but somehow not convincingly. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion that makes the stuff seem counterfeit to me.
An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee by Matt Taibbi - I pulled into the church parking lot a little after 6:00 p.m., at more or less the last possible minute. The previous half hour or so I’d spent dawdling in my car outside a Goodwill department store off Route 410 in San Antonio, clinging to some inane sports talk show piping over my car radio — anything to hold off my plunge into Religion…
In John They Trust by Paul Raffaele - South Pacific villagers worship a mysterious American they call John Frum - believing he’ll one day shower their remote island with riches
Pretty Much Irrefutable Proof That There Is A God - That the universe came plop right out of the birthing canal of some omnipotent life force that probably looks a lot like a young Grace Jones? I’d buy that over the idea that one cell split infinitely by complete accident with no help whatsoever to create your mom, your dad, Public Enemy, hotdogs, subways, orgasms, everything.