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Beautiful Lies and False Gods in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice interrogates two primal drives in American culture through the top characters of the DC pantheon: fear and its trauma (Batman) and naked power and its ambiguities (Superman).

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A Religion Scholar Goes 'In Search of Soul', Comes Back with Ralph Ellison, Garcia Lorca, and Hip-Hop

Alejandro Nava ties black and brown art about survival to biblical values and stories.

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Martin Luther Bio 'A World Ablaze' Burns with Righteous Heat

Craig Harline dramatizes the historical record, so we witness verified events as they occur. His style carries one into the considerable courtly power plays, keeping erudite ideas vivid.

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Yoshio Aramaki's 'The Sacred Era' Is Anything But a Heavenly Read

As much as I had hoped, Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, or even 1Q84, The Sacred Era is not.

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'The Cross': A History of One of the World's Most Iconic Symbols

The Cross manages to re-tell an old story comfortably and enjoyably, without getting dragged down into pedantry or the dry distractions of academic writing.

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What Happens When Public Health Becomes a Battleground for the “Moral Language of Health&#8221

After the Wrath is an amazing read and full of thought-provoking ideas and theories about how religion – leaders, institutions, and policy – frames responses to disease.

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Beyond the Beard and the Birdbath: André Vauchez's 'Francis of Assisi'

André Vauchez's presentation of this Umbrian knight turned "poor and begging" imitator of Christ proves as fascinating and debatable as the Man from Galilee whom the Poor Man of Assisi tried to emulate.

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Questioning Common Assumptions and So-Called Conventional Wisdom: 'When I Was a Child I Read Books'

Marilynne Robinson's essays are dense with rigorous thought and bracing prose, though her undeniably brilliant mind tends to wander.

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Takin' It Easy for Us Sinners: The Dude and Jesus Christ

Even a cursory look at The Big Lebowski and the Gospel reveals that Jesus of Nazareth was an original Dude and Lebowski of Los Angeles is, in his own way, a practitioner of Jesus’ way and life.

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Headshots 4 Jesus

In its quest to be seen as a legitimate way of life among a legion of detractors, the Christian Church has turned to alternative methods of getting its point across.

Cole Stryker
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The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

The result is a hypnotic read about the turbulent nature of public life.

John Mark Eberhart
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The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler

Tulane professor thinks modern physics has confirmed Christianity -- from the Virgin Birth through the Turin Shroud and walking on water to the Resurrection -- in detail.

Bryan Appleyard

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