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

Andrew Byers discusses 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 darkness of the season is an occasion for

Hope for Center-Stage Cynics

But I am astonished and fascinated with this: Paul

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

Rather than idealism or cynicism, we must embrace “hopeful