Mike Smith

Mike Smith’s essay on grief represents both a turning inward and a turning outward—it leads him into the recesses of his own heart, but just as often outward, to books, art, other people.

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At Heaven’s Rim


The Wolf of Gubbio


Some Small Bone


are you my god


The Patron Saint of Losers


The Nature of a Marriage

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

Review by Jessica Murphy

The Everlasting Song

Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man’s Search for Grace by Bill Henderson

Review by Beth Bevis

The Novel as God

The New Atheist Tradition in Fiction

The New Atheist Novel: Philosophy, Fiction and Polemic after 9/11
by Arthur Bradley and Andrew Tate
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Fury by Salman Rushdie
The Book Against God by James Wood

Review by Nick Ripatrazone


A Web Exclusive Interview with Paul Mariani


A Conversation with Gregory Orr

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A Conversation with Emmanuel Garibay


Web Exclusive: An Agrarian Conversion

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A Conversation with David Adams Richards


A Conversation with Marilyn Nelson


Radiant Power: Authority and Violence in New Egyptian Fiction

M. Lynx Qualey discusses the ways that recent Egyptian literature tackles themes of religion and politics.

The Rage of Peter de Vries: Reckoning with a Brokenhearted Humorist

Jonathan Hiskes explores the literature that reflects his own childhood experience.

Corona de Espinas

Jim Hinch on migrant farm workers, a medieval mystery play, and the future of religious art in America.

Forward into the Dark

Nick Ripatrazone comments on the role of Image in the art world, and on the duties of the writer of faith.

The Myth of Independent Film

Craig Detweiler’s journey collaborating with his long lost college roommate to make a documentary about the line that divides faith and doubt.

Where Are You?

Ryan Flanagan recalls young suffering and loss.

Power in the Blood

Patton Dodd discusses Christian killers and the myth of religious violence in Hollywood films.

On Brotherhood and Crucifixion

Carol Ann Davis explores the role of the witness to pain.


The Key




Adjusting to Darkness


The Lord Spoke to the Fish


John Wesley, After Field Preaching


A Prayer for Home


The Glen Workshop, a program of Image, began in 1995 as an innovative event combining the best elements of a workshop, an arts festival, and a spiritual retreat.

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 Special Topics

Evolution and the Imago Dei

Explore the intersection of faith, science, and art.

The Word-Soaked World: Troubling the Lexicon of Art & Faith

This collection of short essays demonstrates the push-pull relationship believing artists have with words: We are in pursuit of a God who is revealed through the poetry of the oldest Psalms, but whose true name is impossible to pronounce.

The Landscape of Art & Faith

What is the contemporary literary climate like for writers of faith? How will they fare in the future?


Road films. Horror films. Films on marriage. Divine comedies. We love movies. Do you? We’ve got you covered.

Why Believe in God?

We put it to a group of writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians: At a time in human history when religious faith is called not only out-of-date but malignant, why do you believe?


“Not since O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners has there been such bracing insight on the pile-up where art and faith collide.”

—Annie Dillard 

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