Preaching Till It Hurts

Hard As Nails

Reviewed by Becky Garrison

Entering the auditorium of St. Gabriel Catholic School in the same neighborhood of Queens that spawned Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Malcolm X, I couldn’t keep my eyes off this urban punk doing pushups and rapping at the top of his lungs. READ MORE...

12.18.2007 | Comments(30)


Master of the Temple Describes a Fragile Paul

The Gospel According to Paul: The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World by Robin Griffith-Jones. HarperSanFrancisco, 2004, $16.95.

Reviewed by John Bloom

Robin Griffith-Jones, an Anglican cleric known for his wit and good humor, is Master of the Temple Church in London. READ MORE...

12.13.2007 | Comments(120)


They Shoot Scholars, Don’t They?

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. Random House, 2005, $14.95.

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12.07.2007 | Comments(10)


Apocalypse Now in Islam's Holiest Shrine
By John Bloom

The Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov. Doubleday, $26, 301 pp. Publication date: September 18, 2007. READ MORE...

11.21.2007 | Comments(37)


Jesus As Reality Show: The Latest Digs in Galilee

Jesus and Archaeology,
Edited by James H. Charlesworth. READ MORE...

11.18.2007 | Comments(5)


How the Temple Scribes Invented Absolutely Everything

Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible by Karel van der Toorn. READ MORE...

11.14.2007 | Comments(24)


Five Centuries Later, the Vatican Still Hates Him
By John Bloom

On the Donation of Constantine by Lorenzo Valla, translated from the Latin by G.W. Bowersock, Harvard University Press, 2007. READ MORE...

11.11.2007 | Comments(7)


Eleven Presidents to Choose From and Billy's Best Chum Was Nixon
By John Bloom

The Preacher and the Presidents:
Billy Graham in the White House
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11.07.2007 | Comments(20)


Carthusians Kick Monastic Butt

An Infinity of Little Hours by Nancy Klein Maguire. PublicAffairs, March 12, 2007, $26. READ MORE...

10.15.2007 | Comments(18)