The Author

Andrew Byers is a PhD candidate at Durham University where he serves as chaplain at St. Mary’s College. He is the author of Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint, and he blogs at

John the Baptist and Celebrity Culture

The all-consuming vocation of the greatest man born of woman was to point to someone greater, and then fade away.

Have Yourselves a Merry Dark Christmas

The soothing sound of a crackling fire in the fireplace, the aroma of piping hot wassail, the feel of a warm embrace from an

Hope for Center-Stage Cynics

You don’t just find the most disillusioned Christians on the periphery of church life. They may also be standing before the pulpits at the

Embracing ‘Hopeful Realism’: Why Cynicism Is a Dead End and Idealism a Farce

The most cynical people in our society toward Christianity and the church are not just polemical atheists and secular academics. They are also Christians: