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The ghost of Daniel Johnston
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 15:04 | No Comment
The ghost of Daniel Johnston

If Daniel Johnston were born in a different time and place, he might have been burned as a heretic or confined forever to an insane asylum. But in this age, the self-taught singer-songwriter, given to paranoid delusions about Satan and violent outbursts, has become a revered figure in the underground art and music world.

David Plotz’ Good Book: a review
Sunday, 15 Mar, 2009 – 16:09 | No Comment
David Plotz’ Good Book: a review

His column “Blogging the Bible” on Slate.com was the precursor to his new book about his Bible reading adventure called Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible. “Every single word of the Bible” doesn’t include the New Testament of course. As a Jew, he is exempt.

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 Christ movies: the good, the bad, and the blasphemous
Tuesday, 10 Mar, 2009 – 14:17 | No Comment
Jesus Christ movies: the good, the bad, and the blasphemous

No other character, historical or mythical, has inspired as many movies as Jesus Christ has. Some are excellent (Ben Hur), some are mediocre (Nativity Story), some are terrible (The Greatest Story Ever Told), and some are just silly (Ultrachrist!).

The editors of Not About Religion have compiled a list of 30 of some of the more notable titles in the Jesus movie genre.

Religulous is preachy and proud of it
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 16:38 | No Comment
<em>Religulous</em> is preachy and proud of it

Religulous was obviously made for Atheists. It preaches to the choir with no apologies. It won’t change believers’ minds, and it doesn’t try to. As a piece of op-ed filmmaking, it is well done, very entertaining, and the humor is often sidesplitting. Hell, even many believers will enjoy this movie.

“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”.

A Bible for every niche
Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 – 18:07 | 5 Comments
A Bible for every niche

Those who don’t want to bogged down with a thick, leather-bound tome with microscopic print have plenty of other options. Here are 10 such niche alternatives to the thing we call the Bible.

Do unto others?
Friday, 9 Jan, 2009 – 13:52 | No Comment
Do unto others?

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” said Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. The Jewish Talmud, in Shabbat 31a, says, “What is hateful to you, do not …

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