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The Second Coming

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

The Return of Pope Cat

Pope Cat is getting hungry.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 07, 2012

Mosque welcomes visitors

Don't believe what you read or hear in the news about Muslims.
Community Building  
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 17, 2012

God's popularity drops

God needs to get better press.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  July 27, 2012

Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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Review: For Greater Glory

Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
Never-ending war
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 01, 2012

Power sticks

In my opinion, the Reverend Wesley J. Mills needs to take his own advice (see " Know Before You Spout ," letter to the editor, March 16).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, April 6, 2012

God listens to Santorum's speech

The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 16, 2012

Two Jews, three opinions

The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces b
A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
By ALEX IRVINE  |  March 16, 2012

Know before you spout

Recent discussions of church and state have revealed how little candidates and pundits know about US history.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 16, 2012

An evangelical chemist on faith and science

Chemistry professor Troy van Voorhis is a bit of an anomaly, an evangelical Christian — by definition, though not necessarily by social or political affiliation, as he is quick to note — working at that high church of science, the Massachusetts Institut
By RHEMA THOMPSON  |  February 24, 2012

On the Ahlquist Story and Analysis

Providence Journal education reporter Jennifer Jordan had a fine cover story in Sunday's paper about the controversy over the prayer banner, recently deemed unconstitutional, at...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 23, 2012

SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall

It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
White-savior storyline
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 30, 2011

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: Higher Ground

True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011


Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Phillipe had to endure Irene at Casa Diablo South in Newport. No problems at all, save for a titanic poplar limb, whose size had already led P&J to dub it "Johnny Wadd," falling all the way across the circular driveway and nearly taking down the pow
Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 02, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
Illuminated manuscript
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011

My misbegotten creative career

Vo Dilanduhs know R.J. Heim, the veteran Channel 10 meteorologist and news reporter, as a charismatic and engaging fellow but, primarily, as a local weatherman.
Still waiting for Slugot; fan feedback; Gatorgate
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  August 05, 2011

God's country

We live in Massachusetts, with troubles of our own. So why should we care about What's the Matter with Kansas? , the title of Thomas Frank's new book?
Thomas Frank goes to the heartland
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 29, 2011
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Big conservative funders are making a new push at universities

Funders are working through official university channels to underwrite lecture series, conferences and colloquia, and centers geared for the general-interest student, all carrying university imprimatur.
Right turn on campus
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 15, 2011

Rapture, ruptured

May 21 came and went, and nobody got lifted naked skyward into Heaven.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 27, 2011

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

Ferraro, a photo, and a legacy

Geraldine Ferraro's photograph stands proudly in a silver frame, inscribed to my daughter with the words, "You are my hero."
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 01, 2011

Grace Zabriskie on Big Love and marriage

Through the course of 80 films and countless television guest spots, actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with directors as varied as David Lynch, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay.
Lynch's lady
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

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


Review: Of Gods and Men

Xavier Beauvois co-wrote and directed this thoughtful true story of a small Trappist monastery situated in a poor Algerian Muslim village overrun with fundamentalist mercenaries.
Thoughtful true story about the search for peace and purpose in a chaotic world
By PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2011

Start your own Westboro Baptists franchise today!

Free speech free-for-all!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 11, 2011

Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?

Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2011

The Phoenix's Awards Haul

The Providence Phoenix gathered a nice little clutch of awards at this weekend's New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual fete - this one covering work from...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 14, 2011