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The Second Coming

Christ returns, and he has big plans!
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 30, 2012
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True Stories from History

Did you know that Jesus didn't really die on the cross?
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 01, 2012

Rapture, ruptured

May 21 came and went, and nobody got lifted naked skyward into Heaven.
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 27, 2011
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Drat, it's the 21st already?

Make sure your date this Saturday night is with an atheist.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 20, 2011
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Local musical sends up gay-hating, gay culture

Reverend Jonathan Fisher (Michael Tobin), founder of Straight and Narrow, an evangelical congregation meant to "cure" homosexuals, has a problem.
Theatrical exposures
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 13, 2011
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The Twelve Aposticles

Sample all 12 flavors!
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By DAVID KISH  |  April 22, 2011


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

The Book of Genesis seems like inherently good fodder for R. Crumb's satirical debasement.
Biblically speaking
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 18, 2011
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I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011
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Diva down!

Phillipe and Jorge rushed to the home of our close pal and confidante Bishop Tommy Tobin last weekend with cold compresses and fistfuls of Valium in an effort to tend to our well-accessorized dogmatist in a time of trouble.
Babysitting the Bish; nautical talk; dissing discourse
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 14, 2011
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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

How are the kids going to take to preachy C.S. Lewis after the pagan Harry Potter and the titillating Twilight ?
Kind of like looking for the Horcruxes in The Deathly Hallows , only less fun
By  |  December 10, 2010
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Review: Cappella Clausura in Ordo Virtutum

Sex and the single (it’s the only one we have) 12th-century opera? That’s what an early-music outfit was promising at the First Lutheran Church of Boston this past Sunday.
Cappella Clausura tames the Devil at the First Lutheran Church on November 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 19, 2010


Children of Eden's entertaining Bible stories

The team behind Children of Eden have plenty of creative cred; that's one thing in its favor. And then there's the backhanded compliment that the show isn't likely to turn you into a whooping, fundamentalist Bible-thumper.
Family feuds
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2010

Theology class

My religion teaches me that I have a responsibility to work to create a better world for humanity and for all living beings in the world that God created.
Letters to the  Phoenix editor, July 2, 2010
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 02, 2010
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Holy war

And so it came to pass, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and evangelical Protestants have banded together to battle, well, the rest of us — the heathens, the godless liberals, the Hitchens-reading progressives.
How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Ondine

Love in a Neil Jordan film is almost always impossible: a guy falls for another man’s wife, or for his own mother, or (unwittingly) for another guy, or for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mysterious mer-woman takes up with a fisherman
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010


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Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010

Bully pulpit

While I understand, appreciate, and respect the First Amendment and our right to speak freely, in the case of bullying, Harvey Silverglate makes a dangerous assumption that “civilized people, even teenagers can intuit the difference between protected spe
Letters to the Boston editor, April 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 23, 2010
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The Church and abuse

If the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church is to regain secular respect, and if it is to reassure its troubled communicants that it is worthy of their devotion, it must reconcile itself to the reality that child abuse is not just a horrendous sin requ
Plus, the Republicans' dark soul and the Bay State's education failure
By EDITORIAL  |  April 02, 2010

Marriage activists get closure, look forward

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree expressed what many in the room were feeling at Equality Maine’s annual dinner celebration on Saturday night: the function room at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street elicits “a little bit of PTSD” for Maine’s gay-ri
Moving on
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2010
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Return to sender

Sure, we've all gotten an unwelcome fruitcake or fluorescent sweater in the mail, usually from a well-meaning and slightly out-of-touch relative. But few New England Jews could have been prepared for the surprise "gift" that recently arrived on their doo
Challah Back Dept.
By KARA BASKIN  |  March 19, 2010


Seeking humane treatment

Some Maine people are taking moral responsibility for the way supermax inmates are treated.
State and national efforts well under way
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 19, 2010

Anti-solitary campaign expands

As the February 17 State House public hearing approaches on the bill to restrict solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), which sparked national debate about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, has a
Stopping Supermax Torture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 05, 2010
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Priestess | Prior To The Fire

Now Priestess are back in Indieland, rubbing denim-clad elbows with the likes of Nebula and Black Math Horseman.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2010

Dane Cook does suck

In "Dane Cook Is Funny," the author says that to say “ 'Dane Cook is not funny' is an extreme oversimplification.” Not really.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 22, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 22, 2010
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More than Mormons

Despite the comparably juicy family dysfunction it offers, Big Love hasn't achieved the iconic status of its HBO predecessor The Sopranos . Maybe viewers relate better to the mob than to Mormons.
The big love that dare not speak its name
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  January 08, 2010


Sin tax

Among other things, your editorial calling for the Catholic Church to be punitively taxed for its anti-abortion lobbying suffers from a breathtaking lack of inconsistency.
Letters to the Boston editor, December 11, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 11, 2009

Over the coals

Not so fast, Mike!
Letters to the Boston editor, December 4, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 04, 2009

Continuing homophobia

Deirdre Fulton's and Shay Stewart-Bouley's comments and Seth Berner's letter on the Marriage Equality Act repeal are insightful. I would add another perspective:
Letters to the Portland Editor, November 27, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 27, 2009
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Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
Reform Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 20, 2009