Malala Yousafzai in December 2013 - Photo courtesy Diogenes 013 via Wikimedia Commons (

2013’s top moments in religion, entertainment, and religious entertainment

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” No, TS Eliot did not say these words in 2013. But they’re a good place to start as we think about this most recent trip around the sun and the voices that made it what it was. No voice was as culturally heralded (or commented on) as that of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis.

Reza Aslan said he wants to show the power of Jesus as a flesh-and-blood human being, rather than the savior of the world. Photo courtesy Malin Fezahai

Reza Aslan defends controversial new book on Jesus

(RNS) Reza Aslan’s controversial new book about Jesus is about to make him a best-selling author. “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has already reached No. 1 on But critics say Aslan has simply created his own version of Jesus.