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Sinning in the Rain: crimes go up when it rains on Sunday

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

A forthcoming study from the Review of Economics and Statistics called Sinning in the Rain, found that the more it rains on Sunday mornings, the more white-collar, drug – and alcohol-related crimes there are. More rain means fewer people go to church, said the study’s author, Jonathan Moreno-Medina, assistant professor of economics at the University Read more

Horses helped to spread Christianity before Christ

Monday, December 6th, 2021

The invention of bit and bridle made it easier to control horses.  This invention was one of the factors that led to the rise of mega-empires and of world religions like Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam during the first millennium BCE”, according to a recent study. Before the Current Era (BCE) is the secular version of Read more

Mike Tyson recommends toad venom for a religious experience

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

The once-obscure practise of smoking toad venom, a potent psychedelic drug that can cause users to encounter themselves as God, is steadily creeping into the mainstream as celebrities endorse its “healing” powers. Mike Tyson claimed he “died” during his first trip and said using the drug has provided him with an entirely different perspective on Read more

Churches should make people laugh more often

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Standup comics hunt for laughter, not applause. A laugh is involuntary; clapping is not. The element of surprise – to which a laugh is a reaction –  takes us beyond our sets of ideologies and expectations.—And this is a vital part of what churches are called to do. The lack of it partially explains why Read more

Woman who married herself is now divorcing herself

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

A woman, who made headlines earlier this year by marrying herself, is now heading for divorce after she met “someone special” and has even started to fall in love. She said she had felt fantastic on her big day but was sad to receive hate comments from trolls.  Continue reading

Pastor claims giving more money will hasten second coming

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A right-wing evangelical pastor, Jesse Duplantis, said on live TV that the reason for Jesus’s absence is that congregations do not give enough money to their churches During the four-day event, ‘Victorython’  in September Jesse Duplantis said: “I honestly believe this – the reason why Jesus hasn’t come is that people are not giving the Read more

Japanese temples hold funerals for unwanted dolls

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Throughout the year, temples across Japan hold a “ningyo kuyo” (人形供養), a funeral ritual for unwanted dolls — especially traditional dolls. The Shinto belief of animism teaches that everything can have a spirit or soul. The doll funeral speaks to this idea. Read more

Police chase ends in an arrest on altar during funeral

Monday, November 15th, 2021

A 45 minutes police chase ended in a Catholic church where a funeral was being held for an 11-year-old boy who died of cancer. The suspect knelt in front of a stained-glass window and police handcuffed him on the altar. Once he was taken away, the funeral resumed. Read more  

The hornet that caused havoc at the Vatican

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Last week a hornet landed on the Vatican’s live webcam overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Located on a nearby roof, the fixed cam continuously broadcasts around-the-clock view of the square. But with the unexpected guests crawling around the camera lens, the view has been blurred.  Read more  

“The Sopranos” back on our screens: A morality play for our day

Monday, November 8th, 2021

“The Sopranos.” has recently gained a whole new audience, almost 15 years after its finale on HBO. New York Times’s Willy Staley says the show was prescient in a way that sheds light on our specific timeline. “But I think it deals with a theme that never stopped being relevant, namely, salvation. And did I Read more