US Catholic Faith in Real Life

‘Song of a Christian Sufi’ and the many paths to God

The greatest gift of ‘Song of a Christian Sufi’ is the way it weaves together the commonalities of the two faith traditions.

By Jessie Bazan |
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Song of a Christian Sufi
By Marietta Bahri Della Penna (Anamchara Books, 2014)

What if you could change the past? ‘11/22/63’ and human limits

In Stephen King's new show, '11/22/63,' he warns of the consequences when humans step into territory beyond our ability to understand.

By Jonathan Ryan |
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(Possible spoilers ahead.)

We are convinced that we could make our present better if we just had a time machine in which to go back and change our past. Whether it’s that agonizing moment we stumbled over our words while talking to our high school crush or the nagging feeling we chose the wrong major in college, we all have moments that make us want to scream “do over.”

The question is, would everything really change for the better, or are we deluding ourselves?

Joanna Newsom's love for the world

Newsom's latest album is more refined and less precious than previous releases.

By Molly Jo Rose |
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Joanna Newsom (Drag City, 2015)

Where does scripture come from?

At what point did the oral traditions of Israel move from fluid history to immutable sacred text?

By Alice Camille |
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How the Bible Became Holy
By Michael L. Satlow (Yale University Press, 2014)

Recovering the Catholic voice of poet Dunstan Thompson

In his collection of poems, 'Here at Last is Love,' Dustan Thompson provides a testament to how the paradox of faith is not far from the mystery of love.

By Nick Ripatrazone |
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Here at Last is Love: Selected Poems by Dunstan Thompson. Edited by Gregory Wolfe (Slant Books, 2015)

‘Pale Horses’: Eleven tracks of insanity with a religious twist

mewithoutYou’s newest album is brass and bizarre—and biblical.

By Jessie Bazan |
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Pale Horses
mewithoutyou (Run for Cover Records, 2015)

mewithoutYou’s newest album is brass and bizarre—and biblical. 

Celebrate your inner child with The Mountain Goats' ‘Beat the Champ'

'Beat the Champ' is a layered album that celebrates the glory of wrestling and explores the dark corners of Darnielle’s relationship with his stepfather.

By Molly Jo Rose |
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Beat the Champ
The Mountain Goats (Merge Records, 2015)

‘Charity Detox’ fails to reveal root causes of poverty

By Jack Jezreel |
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In Robert Lupton’s follow-up to his popular Toxic Charity, the author weighs the future of effective efforts to reduce poverty. Echoing themes of his previous work and drawing from a wide and sometimes wonderful collection of stories and experience, Lupton insists that church handouts do little for those who are poor and, in fact, can do harm.