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The Testament of Mary

Colm Tobin’s one woman show explores the life of the mother of Jesus, before the layers of piety defined her image for the church. The Rev. Jon Richardson reviews the play.

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One down, 65 to go.

Women at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Mesa, AZ, painstakingly painted and wrote in calligraphy the pages of Genesis in an ambitious “scriptorium” project led by parishioner and medieval-art enthusiast Lee Kitts.

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Marilynne Robinson: literature as evangelism

I have read and loved a lot of literature about religion and religious experience—Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Flannery O’Connor, the Bible—but it’s only with Robinson that I have actually felt what it must be like to live with a sense of the divine.

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The peculiar popularity of Thomas Kinkade

Kinkade sold a great many of these feelings through some curious approaches to painting and a shrewd business distribution system. Critics easily dismissed his paintings as kitsch, poor art, or perhaps not even art at all. While I don’t really like Kinkade’s paintings, I believe it would be naïve to simply dismiss his work, to stop querying the deeper reasons for its mass appeal.

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The Grand Miracle by Mary Karr

Jesus wound up with his body nailed to a tree—

a torment he practically begged for,

or at least did nothing to stop. Pilate

watched the crowd go thumbs down …

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