About the Author
David Van Biema
has written more than 20 cover stories on religion since first joining TIME in 1993, including TIME's commemorative issue on Pope John Paul II and TIME's issue on the Pope's 2008 visit to the United States. He was named TIME senior writer in 1995 and is currently a contributor to the magazine.Richard Lacayo
is art critic and editor-at-large of TIME. He writes about art, architecture and photography, as well as other topics across the spectrum of culture.