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Greg Garrett
Austin, TX
Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University and Writer-in-Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. The author of over a dozen books of fiction, memoir, and theology, he is perhaps best known for his works on religion and culture, among them The Gospel according to Hollywood, We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2, and One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter. Greg writes a weekly column for Patheos ( and blogs at, a Christian Century blog; his posts have been published at the Christian Science Monitor and Washington Post and picked up for reposting on Huffington Post.
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Thanks for your message, Donna. My friend was the Archbishop of Canterbury, who I'd guess has spent more time in the Word and on his knees than both of us put together. If this story doesn't speak to you I can accept that, but God speaks to us in many ways. The Spirit moves where it will, as scripture says.
The final Harry Potter film comes out this weekend, and people all over the world are calling it the end of an era. Why has the Potter story appealed to so many people? Continue reading
This certainly adds some nuances to a complicated question. Thanks, Pete!
U2 is the most successful band in the world. But a recent protest at Glastonbury highlighted this question: If they don't pay more taxes to help their suffering Ireland, are they hypocrites or merely smart businesspeople? Continue reading
What is an appropriate Christian response to people who behave badly in public? Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Greg Garrett It’s a very human impulse, although that doesn’t necessarily make it a good one. Maybe we look at some of the powerful men currently accused of stupid or illicit behavior (Congressman Anthony Weiner, actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, head of the International... Continue reading
Why do we go on vacation? What emotional and spiritual needs do these trips serve? And how might we experience the healthiest—and most satisfying—vacations possible? Continue reading
In a story in last week’s New York Daily News, LeBron James’ responses to questions about “the Decision” not only show he hasn’t learned anything, but they continue to reek of hubris and narcissism. Continue reading
TV cliffhangers have been popular for years. What in our narrative or spiritual DNA accounts for our love of such conflict-laden stories? Continue reading
The spiritual wisdom that informs many of the Foo Fighters' new songs: whatever has happened, we are capable of more, we are capable of better. Continue reading
Superhero comics have always explored real questions in the guise of brightly-costumed characters, and once again we have the chance to be entertained—and maybe even enlightened—by another year of the superhero. Continue reading
The long-running British sci-fi show Doctor Who wrestles with post 9/11 realities such as the balance between freedom and security, the question of how to love one’s enemies, and whether it is right to destroy even the most evil of beings. Continue reading
I am wishing the young royals the best and praying for their life together, because we need this particular fairy tale. Continue reading
When you look past the obvious country hits, the Zac Brown Band has something to teach us about the spiritual life in this over-amped world. Continue reading
Thanks, Erin. This reminds me of what Merton said about how our natural disordered desires are reinforced by advertising and societal expectations. It takes more clarity than most of us have even to recognize the possibility of having enough.
I've been thinking and writing a lot about the possible Christian dimension of taxes, and find both more giving and fairer taxation both compelling ways for those who have to help their less privileged brothers and sisters. But try to say that and get elected--
The Death of Adam is about the importance of engaging those voices from our past who have shaped our civilization so that we may have an informed opinion. Too many of us, including me, get our opinions from the opinions of others. Continue reading
J-- I like this mythic/cultural analysis--those Brits and their strict class systems, and us with our infinite freedom to move from class to class! (Even if the poor stay poor or get poorer, and the rich get ever richer.) But I too love shows and movies like this and some part of me celebrates our difference--even if it's a myth. Greg
A great novel like Gilead gives us the courage to recognize and acknowledge beauty—God moving in and through Creation—when we encounter it. Continue reading
Greg Garrett is now following Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Apr 4, 2011
Bardem, pardon. Bad fingers.
Thanks, Barden. Interesting to know--
Do you remember all the ways technology was supposed to change our lives for the better, give us more free time, keep us from waiting? Arcade Fire suggests maybe we've lost something vital in the transition. Continue reading
Great comics and graphic novels can teach us about life, faith, and a whole lot more than bad fashion choices. Continue reading
Augustine argued that we love God most obviously through loving our neighbors. U2 brings that teaching to life in their own community, and they show us how love for neighbor should spill over the bounds of the faithful community and out into the world. Continue reading