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Too busy to pray? Use a computer
Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 – 13:38 | No Comment
Too busy to pray? Use a computer

A web service called Information Age Prayer uses computerized voices to say daily prayers for paying subscribers. From the website: “Are you forgetful? Subscribe and the computer will never forget to voice your prayers each day. Choose a religion [from the menu] on the left to see available prayers.”

Heavy metal monk
Thursday, 19 Mar, 2009 – 12:28 | No Comment
Heavy metal monk

Music has been a part of the worship of monks for hundreds of years. Chant is usually the preferred genre. But Cesar Bonizzi, an Italian monk, prefers his music a bit more extreme. He fronts the metal band Fratello Metal (Metal Brother).

Beyond pints of Guiness, what’s up with St. Patrick’s Day
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 13:42 | No Comment

Before you go out to your local Irish pub for corned beef and cabbage, you should probably learn who St. Patrick was and why Christians honor him with a holiday.

Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?
Friday, 13 Mar, 2009 – 13:46 | One Comment
Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?

Today is Friday the 13th. This morning, for the first time in life, I actually wondered why. Why is this day supposed to be so unlucky? Why do hospitals and hotels skip over the 13th room? Why is there no 13th floor to most buildings? Why is there a slasher-movie franchise named after this day?

When religion and advertising don’t mix
Wednesday, 11 Mar, 2009 – 16:22 | No Comment
When religion and advertising don’t mix

It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of Madonna’s religious imagery infused “Like a Prayer” video and doomed Pepsi campaign this month.

Jesus in science fiction
Monday, 9 Mar, 2009 – 8:56 | No Comment
Jesus in science fiction

I remember reading Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land years ago as a pre-teen, and noticing the obvious Christian messianic theme that the book conveyed. Then I read Frank Herbert’s Dune, and noticed the same thing. Movies too: Superman, Star Wars, The Matrix, Batman, they are retelling the Gospels through science fiction.

Plotz’ “Blogging the Bible” turns into a “Good Book”
Thursday, 5 Mar, 2009 – 13:09 | No Comment
Plotz’ “Blogging the Bible” turns into a “Good Book”

David Plotz, Slate.com editor and author of the brilliant “Blogging the Bible”, has a new book out called “Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.”

Marriage for murderers, not for gays
Wednesday, 4 Mar, 2009 – 13:45 | One Comment

Marriage obviously isn’t such a sacred thing if murderers are allowed to do it. But wait, this is homosexuality we’re talking about: a sin on a whole other level, apparently.

Cows and Christian music
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 14:36 | No Comment
Cows and Christian music

I don’t like Christian music, but I do dig this song by Nathan Schneider from Killing the Buddha. Probably because it’s not Christian music.

“Thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk”
Monday, 23 Feb, 2009 – 8:00 | One Comment
“Thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk”

From conservative Mormon to Oscar winner. Dustin Lance Black’s moving acceptance speech for best original screenplay for the moving “Milk”.

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