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Varieties of Hatred

Varieties of Hatred

WHY DID THE Nazis kill the Jews? Nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, the causes and meaning of the Holocaust remain as high on historians’ agendas as ever. Over the years, a wide range o...

Bonhoeffer Co-Opted

Bonhoeffer Co-Opted

THE BIOGRAPHY of the German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been a hot commodity since the publication of Eric Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy in 2010. Metaxas pre...

The Arts, Paths, and Myths of Yoga

The Arts, Paths, and Myths of Yoga

THE BAD NEWS is that the stunning exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the first visual history of yoga that premiered at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery last October, will end all too soo...

“Pick a side, we’re at war!”

“Pick a side, we’re at war!”

WENDY DONIGER begins The Hindus: An Alternative History with Wittgenstein’s famous image of “the duck who is also a rabbit,” using it as a “metaphor for the double visions of the Hindus that ...

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

IN 1898, CAMERAMAN William Dickson trailed Pope Leo XIII around the Vatican grounds, documenting a series of vignettes of his activities. The Roman Catholic leader walked, rode in a carriage, and sat ...

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

MANY CONSERVATIVE cultural critics look back to the 1950s as America’s Golden Age, the last decade of cultural consensus before Selma, the pill, Vietnam, and other uglinesses that, in the 1960s, se...

The Timely History of a Timeless Story

The Timely History of a Timeless Story

ONE SUMMER DAY in the 1980s, like many a rebellious minister’s kid looking to get a laugh from irreverence, I used my Bible as a skateboard to glide across the carpet at Vacation Bible School. I...

The Journalist and the Victim

The Journalist and the Victim

WRITERS OF NONFICTION crime stories, as opposed to their counterparts in fiction, face a very specific problem: how to write about victims. In a murder case, by definition, you can never interview the...

On Defending Mike Diana

On Defending Mike Diana

MIKE DIANA has become the stuff of lore: on March 29, 1994, a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, found the comics creator guilty of three counts of obscenity. He was sentenced to undergo several punish...

The Limits of Muslim Liberalism

The Limits of Muslim Liberalism

IN HIS semi-fictional account of Barbary Coast Pirate Utopias, Peter Lamborn Wilson traces the unwritten dissident history of a communion of outsiders — heterodox Muslims and Christian renegades. Un...

The Decline of the Revival

The Decline of the Revival

TO THE PERPLEXITY of many nonbelievers, the United States remains a stubbornly religious nation. While much of the developed world, especially Western Europe, charts an ever more secular course, large...

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

LITTLE MORE than two years ago, Western pundits were all '48ers — 1848ers, that is. The events on which we slapped the label “Arab Spring” seemed to be our century’s iteration of the “Spring...

The Multiverse in a Flat Circle

The Multiverse in a Flat Circle

I LEARNED about the possibility of the multiverse the same way lots of people did: from William Shatner. It happened well before I was born, in October 1967. Captain Kirk was in trouble.  He and his...