Monthly Archives: November 2011

GodsBigBlog: How’d He Get an Audience with Her?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Yes. That’s me with the Pope. OK, he’s cardboard. But I’m real. The cardboard Pope and I were at Moscone Center West in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon for the combined conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. He was at the Ignatius Press booth [...]

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GodsBigBlog: Scholars — Like Lauren Winner — Who Write for the Rest of Us

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Lauren Winner, author of the popular memoir Girl Meets God, was in San Francisco last weekend giving advice to religion scholars on how to write books for a general audience. Lauren is an academic — she’s assistant professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School — but much of her advice [...]

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Wrestling with the Bible: I’m Knocking — Futilely? — on Heaven’s Door

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Isaiah laments, “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down . . . ” My sentiments exactly. Why doesn’t God break out of God’s hiddenness and silence once in a while and explain a few things? Like why are we here? Why do we have to die? Why [...]

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Pardon Our Dust — GodsBigBlog Has a New Home

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Welcome to GodsBigBlog. It’s still under construction, so please be patient if things don’t look or work quite right. Many of you have followed my GodsBigBlog posts over at But I’ve decided to give my thoughts on religion and spirituality a home of their own on at — GodsBigBlog. Here you’ll read about my [...]

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GodsBigBlog: What Is It?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall A reader asks, “What is GodsBigBlog?” Good question. GodsBigBlog is — the God Is Big Blog. I’m a religion writer in the tradition of Huston Smith and the universalists. I’ve interviewed and observed hundreds of people with dozens of different, often conflicting, ideas, spiritual paths and experiences of Holy, and I [...]

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