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 www.hopefulrealism.com.

John the Baptist and Celebrity Culture

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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

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The darkness of the season is an occasion for

Hope for Center-Stage Cynics

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But I am astonished and fascinated with this: Paul

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

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Rather than idealism or cynicism, we must embrace “hopeful
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