Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York Magazine.

Stories by Lisa Miller

When it Comes to Heaven, Seeing Is Believing

Scientists examine proofs of heaven by studying accounts of people who claim to have put eyes on it — including one of their fellow scientists.

The faithful’s doubt is our saving grace

I met a man last week who hoped to study grace. A funeral director from Tennessee, he knew grace when … Continued

Unitarian Universalists would prefer their polyamory activists keep quiet

The joke about Unitarians is that they’re where you go when you don’t know where to go. Theirs is the … Continued

How will Pope Francis ‘avoid breaking under the strain’?

“In the Curia, I would die.” Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires said this eight years ago, after the … Continued

Roman Catholic leaders need to get rid of their groupthink

Recent events prompt a stating of the obvious. The Roman Catholic Church is not now, nor has it ever been, … Continued

Even if they don’t follow its rules, Catholics stick with their church

American Catholics are famously indifferent to the directives of their leaders. They don’t follow the rule book on much of … Continued

Wanted by American nuns: A pope who listens to and appreciates female leadership

Florence Deacon wants a new pope “with experience of living with a lot of ordinary folks. Someone who understands the … Continued

The kids are all right — but disagree with bishops on sex and birth control

The headline last week in the National Catholic Reporter, the country’s go-to source for all things Catholic, might have run … Continued

The biblical case for immigration reform

In May of 1940, with German bombs falling on their home city of Antwerp, Belgium, my maternal grandparents packed the … Continued

Is Gun Ownership Christian?

Who is to blame for the 500 child deaths in 2011 related to gun violence? Christian leaders say: not us.

The religious left needs strong moral issues

“Why do reporters cover hateful and controversial religion stories but never the nice, good things that religious leaders do?” I’m … Continued

Why we love, and love to hate, the Amish

The week before Christmas, 3 million people watched the Discovery Channel’s new reality show, “Amish Mafia,” making it the second-most-viewed … Continued

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Junk Food is Sin of Choice for the End of the World

Why foodies may actually maintain their own religion.

Alanis Morissette struck the right note in Israel

Alanis Morissette, the Canadian American pop singer, is an unlikely ambassador to the Middle East, but in some ways, she … Continued

It should be possible to keep the faith and compromise

On the face of it, the Bible doesn’t exactly promote the value of compromise. Going along to get along — … Continued

Heaven Exists. Or Does it?

One of the most popular books of the 12th century — what might be called medieval infotainment — was “The … Continued

Petraeus may have fallen from pedestal, but woe to the ‘fallen woman’

Upon learning of the infidelity charges (trumped up) against his wife Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII, in the version of … Continued

After huge Hispanic vote, plenty of reason to compromise on immigration reform

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is having a very good week. Rodriguez is the leader of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership … Continued

Is Mitt Romney’s canned-good drive misguided?

As I write this column, three days after Sandy wreaked havoc on so many neighborhoods near my own in Brooklyn, … Continued

To close the gender gap, Mitt Romney should look to Mormon women

In which state do young couples get married, stay married and have many more children than any other? That’s right. … Continued