Tara Isabella Burton
writer

Tara Isabella Burton writes about religion, culture and place, and her work has appeared in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, among others. She is a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, working on a doctorate in theology, and recently completed her first novel.

Written by Tara Isabella Burton

Cult or religion? The Easter ‘Passion of the Christ’ procession in Comayagua, a small town in Honduras. Photo by Teun Voeten/Panos

Essay/
Subcultures
What is a cult?

Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?

Tara Isabella Burton

Photo by Gallery Stock

Essay/
Religion
Spare the rod

Christian Domestic Discipline and the erotics of religious submission raise the possibility of a new concept of God

Tara Isabella Burton

La Pia de Tolomei by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas. Photo by Wikimedia

Essay/
Stories and literature
Dark books

What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas

Tara Isabella Burton