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Greg Garrett
Greg Garrett blogs on books, culture, religion, politics, travel, and food for The Huffington Post. He is the author or co-author of twenty books, including the new Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination from Oxford University Press, the recent novel The Prodigal, and Faithful Citizenship. He is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, Writer in Residence at the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas), Scholar in Residence at Gladstone’s Library (Hawarden, Wales), and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church. One of America's leading authorities on religion and culture, Greg has appeared on or in NPR, BBC Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, Interfaith Voices, the Bob Edwards Show, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other media sources. Get more information about Greg at his Amazon Author Page author site.

Entries by Greg Garrett

The Fellowship: Why the Inklings Still Matter

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 5:26 PM

The Inklings met here each Thursday night at Magdalen College in C. S. Lewis's rooms.
Photo: Greg Garrett

This summer, I lived for five weeks in Oxford, where the influence of the Inklings -- the group of Oxford writers...

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Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 6:05 PM

One of the most popular stories of our time is being unfolded in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, which to date have sold over 25 million copies, been translated into 40 languages, and been adapted into the acclaimed TV series

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Eating South by Southwest: Suggestions for 2015 Visitors to Austin

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Every year tens of thousands of visitors descend on Austin, Texas for South by Southwest. The city has become not just a music mecca, but a great destination for foodies. Where should you fuel up this spring while you're in town? There's lots of great food in Austin, from food...

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Entertaining Judgment: Why We Need Stories About the Afterlife

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:18 AM

St. Deiniol's Church, Hawarden, Wales

Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long...

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Haunted by the Holidays: 'A Christmas Carol' and the Ghost of Christmas Past

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:57 AM


We are haunted during the holidays by things done and left undone, but especially by the Ghost of Christmas Past. You can hear that melancholy and nostalgia in many of our best-known Christmas songs, from Sam Smith's old-fashioned new version of

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Make the Most of the Austin Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Why the Austin Film Festival Matters

It's the season of big events here in Austin, Texas, bringing tens of thousands of people into town from across the globe. Some of those events--ACLFest and Formula One--I flee. But there's one--the Austin Film Festival, which begins October 23rd--that I anticipate...

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Finally, a Great Small Literary Festival: Gladfest in Wales

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:48 PM


Great festivals of the arts are often large, loose, baggy monsters, as Henry James said of War and Peace. I know this because I've seen plenty of them up close and personal, as participant, attendee, or resident of the city of Austin, Texas:...

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The Great War, Literature, and Us

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:00 PM


This morning, on the one hundred year anniversary of Britain's declaration of war against Germany and entry in what was to be known as The Great War, I attended a memorial Eucharist at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales. The...

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She Existed: How Maya Angelou Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:04 PM

"They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed."

From "When Great Trees Fall", Maya Angelou

Some years ago I met Maya Angelou when she came to Baylor University, the fine Texas university where I have...

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Lost and Lonely: Spirituality and the Oscars

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:16 PM

In the Oscar-nominated movie Gravity, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) floats, alone, drifting, against the vast backdrop of space. In Dallas Buyers Club, Rob Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) has disconnected sex as though he's watching someone else. In perhaps the most-discussed scene from 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)...

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Welcome to Isla Mujeres: Tropical Paradise in Your Backyard

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 5:06 PM


Just off the coast of Mexico, within sight of crowded Cancun but a 20 minute ferry ride across the blue Caribbean, lies Isla Mujeres, a tiny coral island that is one of Mexico's true treasures. Unlike its mainland neighbor Cancun, Isla is no tourist...

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Eat Royally in London -- For a Few Pounds Less!

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:32 PM

So you're in London (or back in London). Maybe you've heard horror stories about English food. Maybe you're wondering if you can find a truly good meal here. And the truth is, you could eat very badly -- if you chose to. You could scarf down a pre-packaged triangle sandwich...

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Where Faith and Abortion Meet in Texas

(31) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:33 AM

When Texas state senator Wendy Davis was forced to stop her filibuster against a restrictive anti-abortion bill two weeks ago, observers in the gallery stepped in -- the People's Filibuster, some called it -- and shouted down the attempted vote in the final few minutes of the Senate's...

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Sleeping in the Stacks?: Gladstone's Library in Wales

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Memorial libraries have been in the news of late. The admirers of the late Margaret Thatcher have begun raising money for a library and research center in her memory, and last week the George W. Bush Presidential Library opened in Dallas, joining the libraries honoring the...

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C. S. Lewis, 50 Years On

(24) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM

If we looked for the most influential figures in American Christianity today, some of them wouldn't surprise us at all. We'd find the Apostle Paul and John Calvin near the top of some people's lists -- or, at least, some people's understandings of the Apostle Paul and John Calvin.

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Où manger à Austin: suggestions gastronomiques pour le Festival South by Southwest

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Des dizaines de milliers de festivaliers envahiront bientôt mon patelin au cours des prochaines semaines, à l'occasion du grand rendez-vous musical, cinématographique et artistique nommé South by Southwest (SXSW). De jour comme de nuit, la capitale du Texas sera l'hôte d'innombrables conférences et performances qui favoriseront le réseautage...

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Eating Austin: Hometown Suggestions For SXSW Foodies

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Tens of thousands of you will be coming to my hometown, Austin, Texas, over the next few weeks for the film, music, and interactive festivals the world knows as South by Southwest. Your days and nights will be packed -- you'll be going to panels and performances, networking,...

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Sex, Lies, and Video Appearances: Suzy Spencer's Secret Sex Lives

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Austin author Suzy Spencer has been writing about the real world for years--first as a best-selling true crime author, and then, more recently, as she immersed herself in years of research for what writer friends in Austin knew as "the sex book." When that book, Secret...

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The Dark Night of the Oscar: And the Envelope Goes to Stories of Loss and Hope

(65) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:25 PM

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living.

Almost everyone can identify with these lines from "Les Miserables," which are almost certain to earn Anne Hathaway an Oscar. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, of a job, or of a dream, at...

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Grieving Newtown: Seven Lessons in Healthy Sorrow

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM

This Sunday, my church, St. David's Episcopal in Austin, Texas, hosted our bishop, who began her sermon with a prayer for the people of Newtown, Connecticut. A hush fell over the congregation; women wept and crusty old men wiped away tears. During the announcement period, our rector announced that the...

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