The denigration of kitsch betrays a latent anti-Catholicism, one born from centuries of class and ethnic divisions.
Buddhist monks in Thailand began tying trees with their traditional colored robes in the 1980s, as threats to ecology increased.
As the crowned heads of Europe shuddered at the unrest in the streets, members of the Latter-Day Saints movement cheered.
The idea of a virtual Eucharist may feel at odds with Catholic tradition, but it has deep roots in the church’s history.
Spirituality has long infused and inspired social justice movements. Activists today expand that heritage.
Prodigies, or monsters, were opaque and flexible symbols that signaled that God was sending some message.
Because relics were understood to be capable of working miracles, any relic that was stolen must have wanted to be.
Listlessness, boredom, torpor, that "noonday demon" that tempts you away from spiritual connections—that's what was called acedia.
Are the departed watching over us, and if so, what are they wearing? Victorian spiritualists believed that ghosts could be captured on film.
Many Americans considered faiths outside Christianity and Judaism to be "pagan." Unitarian minister James Freeman Clarke argued otherwise.