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Alan Jacobs on Richard Dawkins’ suspicion of Harry Potter: It strains credulity, does it not, that someone of Dawkins’s education and intelligence could believe that there is no difference between allowing children to read fantasy stories or fairy tales and […]

I’m particularly excited about a project we’re working on about niche Bibles. Our feature will be a gallery of various Bibles, but it will be supplemented with an essay by Glenn Paauw, a longtime director at the International Bible Society. […] asked for a list of the top 10 Christian blogs. The list I offered is not the most representative, I admit, and it’s very idiosyncratic. It’s a combination of blogs I’ve been reading for years, blogs I return to for occasional […]

A couple weeks ago, I reacted to the news of the Angelina Jolie Bible (aka, “Bible Illuminated: The Book”) with my eyes rolling, but I also suspected that there might be more to the project than meets the eye. And […]

More is coming soon from Beliefnet on the latest round of niche Bibles–I, for one, stagger at the sheer amount of these–but for now, just this photo:  More on this Bible here.

It’s interesting how this reporter frames a debate that occurred last night between an atheist and a Christian at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The headline: “Atheist, Christian debate historical accuracy of the Bible.” The reporter’s lede summarizes the event […]

Each Friday, I’ll try to post a few things–maybe 3, maybe 10–that stuck with me this week, wouldn’t leave me alone, and probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. IOW, the best kind of reading. This week’s list: From, […]

A quick word on “W,” Oliver Stone’s lazy bio-pic about our current president:  The movie is unimaginative and uninteresting on most every level–how many close-ups of the bottle of Jack Daniels do we need, exactly, before Stone has us convinced […]

Relevant asks, “What are some crucial changes that our churches need to make to become a Eucharist that is broken and poured out for the world?” Pastor Bell answers: 1. Master the art of doubt. Faith needs it to survive.  […]

John Piper’s engaged asceticism is timely advice for American Christians who are worshipping at the altar of patriotism and the electoral process. I wish he’d emphasize that “Godward purposes” are, in fact, a call to deal with the world in […]