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Brandon Ambrosino is a staff writer at where he covers culture and religion. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, New Republic, Quartz, McSweeney's, VICE, Narratively, Buzzfeed, Relevant, Gawker, Baltimore Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. He attended Jerry Falwell's university where he studied Literature and Philosophy — and then came out. In addition to writing, Brandon is also a dancer, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. You can learn more about him on Twitter, Facebook, and over at his blog.

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How Gay Is Halloween?

(35) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:36 AM

First things first: Is Halloween gay?

As someone who has spent several Halloweens in New York City, my answer is a big, lispy "yesss!"

Of course, not only gay men celebrate Halloween. All over the world, adults and kids alike, regardless of their sexuality or gender expression, participate in the...

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Satan's Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and Christianity

(58) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Co-authored by Brandon Withrow, Professor of Religious Studies; Author; Blogger.

So Satan's Birthday is coming up and I wanted to talk to an expert about it. Here's the transcript of a conversation I recently had with a Religious Studies professor about Halloween and the Christians who hate/boycott/are...

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Colorado Forest Fires Captured in Stunning Time Lapse Video

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Some say the world will end in fire ...

-Robert Frost

When filmmaker Matt Johnson visited Pagosa Springs this past June, he made sure to bring his camera along to capture the beauty of the San Juan National Forest.

But much to his surprise, the film...

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Why It Does Matter That Reza Aslan Is Muslim

(32) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:56 PM

When FOX's Lauren Green asked Reza Aslan why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus, she was biased.

When Reza Aslan answered her, he was biased.

When I watched the interview, I was biased.

And when you read this article... well, you get the point.

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Would Jesus Be Gay for a Day?

(107) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:22 PM

"Jesus was HIV-positive."

That's the title of a controversial sermon delivered in 2010 by South African pastor Xola Skosana. In an effort to lessen the shame associated with the disease, Skosana taught his congregation about the God who identifies with the weak and the stigmatized. And at...

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Resurrection As Metaphor? What the Early Christians Meant When They Said, "Jesus is Lord"

(133) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 2:07 AM

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about the Christian concept of the resurrection. Does it matter, I asked, if Jesus' resurrection is interpreted metaphorically? My answer was that it matters a great deal, since "a Jesus whose physical body remains in the grave gives me no hope...

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Does Matter Matter? Reflections on the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

(42) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 5:24 PM

"Regardless of what actually happened to Jesus' body on Easter morning, the important point of the resurrection story is that God is the one who renews all things."

As I walked to the A train, I started thinking about my priest's closing statement to his homily, which was titled "A...

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Clean God, Dirty Gays

(6) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Jesus was a dirty God.

This is what I've been learning from Johnnie Moore, VP at Liberty University. I graduated from Liberty. I also know Johnnie personally, and like him. I went to India with him a few years back and volunteered at a couple orphanages with...

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Hiding in Esther, Hiding in Death

(11) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 11:28 PM

We were all sitting down together for dinner. My dad cooked some vegetable stir-fry, and it was sitting in the middle of the table in two big bowls. As dad began to serve everyone, he asked Mike what he wanted to drink.

"Apple juice? Orange?" he asked.


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Giving Up God For Lent

(155) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 1:19 AM

Lent note: HuffPost Religion invites you to share your Lent reflections, experiences, stories and photos with us. Send them to and check out our Lent liveblog.

The first time I met Nietzche was on a t-shirt.

One of the guys from my youth group...

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(Not) Belonging: A Gay Christian Who Refuses to Take Sides

(305) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 9:03 PM

My devotion will always be to two men: Jesus, and the man I marry.

I am a gay Christian.

Many people tell me I shouldn't, or can't, take both labels. After all, they remind me, "Either/or is the road to Heaven; both/and is the way to Hell."

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