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In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks

My article “In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn’t shied from risks” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions

My article “Museums’ mislabeling can leave visitors with misconceptions of biblical proportions” appears in Religion News Service.

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

Non-Catholics enjoy challenges of teaching in Catholic setting

My article “Non-Catholics enjoy challenges of teaching in Catholic setting” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

In the wake of Pittsburgh, houses of worship ask how much security is enough

My article “In the wake of Pittsburgh, houses of worship ask how much security is enough” appears in Religion News Service.

Bible museum is first in US to show mile-long illustrated Bible

My article “Bible museum is first in US to show mile-long illustrated Bible” appears in Religion News Service. (The Oakland Press, Mich., has also run the piece.) Here’s the beginning: WASHINGTON (RNS) — Going through his late father’s attic painting studio in 2013, a German banker named Martin Wiedmann was surprised to find a Bible […]

Corot acknowledges male gaze in painting

Corot (1796-1875) was and is much better known for moody landscapes, within which dabs of white paint flicker like candlelight from amid deep green trees and undergrowth. Once one gets to know the artist’s oeuvre, his works become easy to spot from across a room, and there is a pretty good chance of seeing a […]

The suit Billy Graham wore on his final crusade in 2005

While reporting a Religion News Service article about a Billy Graham exhibit at Washington’s Museum of the Bible, I noticed wrinkles on the sleeve of the suit, which Billy Graham wore on his last crusade in 2005 and which the Billy Graham Library lent. Graham was not Catholic, but many of the artifacts in the […]

Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows

My article “Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows” appears in Religion News Service. Here’s the beginning: In the 1950s, 1 in 3 verses that Billy Graham used to anchor his sermons came from Jewish Scripture known to Graham — and most Christians — as the Old Testament. […]

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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