Religion Isn't Dead Yet
According to the latest Pew data, the number of adults who do not identify with a religious group grew from 36 million in 2007 to 56 million today. But past research indicates that many of these non-affiliated individuals have some form of belief system.
Even Jesus Thinks Your Heaven Travelogues Are a Little Out There
The went-to-heaven-and-back genre is more popular than ever, but Biblical scholar N.T. Wright's recent book argues that this cultural conception of heaven has little basis in scripture.
Cracking the Code of James Hampton's Private Language
For years, scholars have been searching for meaning in the artist's preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. Perhaps the real purpose of the shrine lies not in his cryptic notes, but in our own sense of astonishment.
A Murder Remembered: Alexis Coe's Alice + Freda Forever
In her new book, Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis, Alexis Coe takes a humanistic look at a forgotten 1892 crime.
Can Twitter Provide an Escape From All Its Noise?
Twitter has created its own buzzing, digital agora, but when users want to speak amongst themselves, they tend to leave for another platform. It's a social network that helps you find people to talk to—but barely lets you do any talking.
The Difference Between Lightning Bugs and Lightning
Last year, 23 people in America died from lightning strikes. And over the last 70 or so years, lightning has killed more people than hurricanes.
Should Giving to Charity Be an Inoculation Against Criticism?
With charitable giving and profits so intertwined, the latter can't be ignored when considering the former.
The Last Picture Show: We're Losing a Unique, Communal Experience
As the screens we watch our movies on get smaller and smaller, we're losing a unique, communal experience.