The Big New 'Noah' Movie Is Closer to the Bible Than its Christian Critics Will Admit
March 27, 2014

If you’re going to make a movie of a Bible story, you’re going to need to fill in some major gaps. 

A Newly Deciphered Babylonian Tablet Details Blueprints for "Noah's Ark"
January 21, 2014

We’ve known since at least 1872 that the Great Flood detailed in Genesis is a descendant of earlier flood myths from Mesopotamia.

Scientists Try to Reconcile Adam and Eve Story, Whiff. Again.
November 27, 2013

Can you save original sin from science? Here are some valiant efforts.

How the Ghost of Jerry Falwell Conquered the Republican Party
March 05, 2012

The 2012 GOP nominating contest has witnessed the final triumph of an unlikely figure. I say “unlikely” because his name hasn’t been invoked much (if at all) by any of the candidates, nor has he been mentioned frequently by the press in its campaign coverage. What’s more, he died in 2007.

Michelle Bachmann's Worldview
June 15, 2011

Michelle Goldberg has a terrific piece exploring the intellectual roots of Michelle Bachmann: Bachmann honed her view of the world after college, when she enrolled at Coburn Law School at Oral Roberts University, an "interdenominational, Bible-based, and Holy Spirit-led" school in Oklahoma.

God Squad Tries, Fails to Get Arrested at Holder's Front Door
November 17, 2009

On an Indian summer afternoon in front of the Justice Department yesterday, a group of dark-suited ministers gathered to protest recently-passed hate crimes legislation, saying it had had a “chilling effect” on religious freedom.  “We will not be bullied!” cried Reverend Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, to a rank of cameras. “We will not be pressured!

Getting the Word Out
January 22, 2007

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000 Edited by Michelle P. Brown (Smithsonian, 360 pp., $45) The numinous objects displayed in "In the Beginning," the exhibition of Bibles from before the year 1000 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., are beautiful, and their arrangement helps the visitor to the show (and the student of its extraordinary catalogue) see important things in a new light. Beauty first: the archipelago of dimly lit vitrines that stretches through several dark rooms reveals hand written Bibles as genuine works of art.