| Sep 1, 2007
The Sept. 3 issue of Time magazine teases newsstand browsers with a headline worthy of the Weekly World News: "The Secret Life of Mother Teresa." The impression that the exemplar of faith-based compassion was involved in something unsavory (dogfighting?)...
| Dec 9, 2008
Nina Burleigh ("Hoaxes from the Holy Land” Op-Ed article, Nov. 29) is unwilling to consider the possibility that the now-famous bone box inscribed "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" is authentic. This is despite the fact that the Jerusalem...
| Jan 17, 2009
Barack Obama's decision to select the same Bible for his inauguration that Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration in 1861 forges an intriguing connection between these two presidents. It's the latest in a series of purposeful associations, from...
| Aug 22, 2007
Maybe what the war in Iraq needs is not more troops but more religion. At least that's the message the Department of Defense seems to be sending.
Last week, after an investigation spurred by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Pentagon...
| Dec 22, 2008
To understand how angry and disappointed many Democrats are that Barack Obama has invited evangelical preacher Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural, imagine if a President-elect John McCain had offered this unique honor to the Rev. Al...
| Dec 26, 2008
Back in June, Letters to the Editor began tracking the mail we receive by subject.
In the six months since, reader reaction to Proposition 8 has dominated our mailbag, with thousands of readers registering their views. All told, we have received more...
| Mar 25, 2010
"For now the winter is gone, the rains are over and gone; the blossoms appear in the land," joyfully proclaims the Song of Songs, the biblical book read in synagogues throughout the Jewish world on Passover, the spring festival of freedom. How vividly too...
| Apr 6, 2008
By Nick Owchar
Why do so many monsters live in Victorian London? Was there something toxic in the Thames (Spenser probably wouldn't call it "sweet" if he could have seen it then -- or now) or in the fog that, as the Environmental Protection Agency points...
| Apr 13, 2008
Bill McKibben's writing -- part art, part essay, part journalism with more than a smidgen of harangue -- has framed the thinking on environmental issues for more than a generation. Two new books out this spring, "The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces From an...
| Dec 12, 2008
Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.
Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood...
| Sep 4, 2009
David Avadon, a professional illusionist who wrote a 2007 book on pickpocketing, which was his trademark theatrical act, has died. He was 60.
Avadon, who had a recent history of heart problems, suffered a heart attack and died Aug. 22 while working out...