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The Second Coming

Idiot Box
Christ returns, and he has big plans!
By MATT BORS  |  November 29, 2012

The Return of Pope Cat

Pope Cat is getting hungry.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 05, 2012

Mosque welcomes visitors

Community Building  
Don't believe what you read or hear in the news about Muslims.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 15, 2012

God's popularity drops

Idiot Box
God needs to get better press.
By MATT BORS  |  July 25, 2012

Review: Rock of Ages

Soft mock
In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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Review: For Greater Glory

Never-ending war
Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 29, 2012

Power sticks

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, April 6, 2012
In my opinion, the Reverend Wesley J. Mills needs to take his own advice (see " Know Before You Spout ," letter to the editor, March 16).

God listens to Santorum's speech

The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 12, 2012

Two Jews, three opinions

A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer near the Egyptian border in 2003.
By ALEX IRVINE  |  March 14, 2012

Know before you spout

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 16, 2012
Recent discussions of church and state have revealed how little candidates and pundits know about US history.

An evangelical chemist on faith and science

Chemistry professor Troy van Voorhis is a bit of an anomaly, an evangelical Christian — by definition, though not necessarily by social or political affiliation, as he is quick to note — working at that high church of science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
By RHEMA THOMPSON  |  February 22, 2012

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SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall

It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 05, 2011
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Review: Machine Gun Preacher

White-savior storyline
Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 27, 2011

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 28, 2011
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Review: Higher Ground

Farmiga's directorial debut
True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

Illuminated manuscript
This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel after another, not to mention the virtuoso draftsmanship, speaks of hundreds of hours of hard work.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 31, 2011

My misbegotten creative career

Still waiting for Slugot; fan feedback; Gatorgate
Vo Dilanduhs know R.J. Heim, the veteran Channel 10 meteorologist and news reporter, as a charismatic and engaging fellow but, primarily, as a local weatherman.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  August 03, 2011

God's country

Thomas Frank goes to the heartland
We live in Massachusetts, with troubles of our own. So why should we care about What's the Matter with Kansas? , the title of Thomas Frank's new book?
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 25, 2011
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Big conservative funders are making a new push at universities

Right turn on campus
Funders are working through official university channels to underwrite lecture series, conferences and colloquia, and centers geared for the general-interest student, all carrying university imprimatur.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 18, 2011

Rapture, ruptured

May 21 came and went, and nobody got lifted naked skyward into Heaven.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 25, 2011

Local musical sends up gay-hating, gay culture

Theatrical exposures
Reverend Jonathan Fisher (Michael Tobin), founder of Straight and Narrow, an evangelical congregation meant to "cure" homosexuals, has a problem.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 12, 2011

Ferraro, a photo, and a legacy

Geraldine Ferraro's photograph stands proudly in a silver frame, inscribed to my daughter with the words, "You are my hero."
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 30, 2011

Grace Zabriskie on Big Love and marriage

Lynch's lady
Through the course of 80 films and countless television guest spots, actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with directors as varied as David Lynch, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011

Review: R. Crumb illuminates the Bible at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Biblically speaking
The Book of Genesis seems like inherently good fodder for R. Crumb's satirical debasement.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 16, 2011

Review: Of Gods and Men

Thoughtful true story about the search for peace and purpose in a chaotic world
Xavier Beauvois co-wrote and directed this thoughtful true story of a small Trappist monastery situated in a poor Algerian Muslim village overrun with fundamentalist mercenaries.
By PEG ALOI  |  March 17, 2011

Start your own Westboro Baptists franchise today!

Big Fat Whale
Free speech free-for-all!
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 09, 2011

Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?

Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 23, 2011

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