Cloud of skeptics

Peter Watson sketches in the lives and thoughts of an array of scientists, artists, and philosophers who offer ways to cope with the death of God.


Supernatural romance

The act of sacrifice central to Beautiful Creatures works only because the characters' story is not entirely their own.


How we talk about God

According to Robert Wuthnow, well-educated Americans have reconfigured their religious language in terms of reasonableness—and thus retained a place for the supernatural in everyday life.


Witching hour

When a summer film grosses over $48 million in its first week of wide release, we can assume that it is glossy and entertaining, perhaps boasting the latest special effects. But when that film has no known actors and costs a mere $30,000 to make—not even a pittance by Hollywood's Titanic standards—something else is going on. The film has hit a nerve.


Wild and woolly

Fits, Trances & Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James, by Ann Taves