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Religion

The Buddha Car

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Read about it here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 24, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Humor, Religion, Cars

Do You Have Biblical Morals?

Apparently I don't. I got 0% on the quiz. But your results may vary. Sample question:

Two strangers visit your home, and you are kind enough to provide them with accommodations for the night. They tell you they are angels appearing on behalf of the Lord. However, later in the evening, an angry mob turns up seeking to sodomize your guests. Do you:
• Protect your guests and call the police.
• Expel your guests and call the police.
• Turn your preteen daughters over to the crowd to be raped.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 24, 2009 - Comments (27)
Category: Religion

Clowns for Jesus

The mission of Show Me Clowns for Jesus is to:

Cultivate learning opportunities to develop and refine Christian clowning skills.
Encourage high ethical, professional, and Christian clown standards.
Promote clowning as a ministry to bring joy and the love of Jesus to others

If you hurry, you can still make it to their national conference, Feb 12-15 in Springfield, Missouri.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 14, 2009 - Comments (23)
Category: Religion

Read with Discernment

If you decide to shop for books at LifeWay Christian Stores, you may notice that some of the books are marked Read with Discernment. This label is to warn you that these books "may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology."

Presumably, if a book hasn't been so tagged, everything in it can be accepted blindly without discernment.

Some of the books marked Read with Discernment include Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, Searching for God Knows What, and Sex God. They sound pretty heretical to me! (via Friendly Atheist)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 04, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Literature, Religion

Online Mummification

Learn the ancient Egyptian art of mummification at the University of Chicago's interactive mummification tutorial. Use a hook to remove the brain through the nose. Extract the internal organs and place them in canopic jars. Wrap the body in linen, etc.

This would make a nice companion to the Interactive Autopsy site I posted about a few weeks ago.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 26, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Death, Religion

The Camisards

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A group of fanatical religious terrorists, holed up in their mountain redoubts and battling an occupying government. Surely this description must apply to some modern-day group and situation, such as in Afghanistan, or perhaps Africa...? And the terrorists will in all likelihood be Islamic, right?

Well, not all the time.

Consider the French Protestant dissenters known as the Camisards.

I learned about this historical incident from reading Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey. (You can find the entire text of the book here.) Stevenson traveled through the region once ruled by the Camisards, and evoked the romance of their rebellion.

There, a hundred and eighty years ago, was the chivalrous Roland, "Count and Lord Roland, generalissimo of the Protestants in France," grave, silent, imperious, pock-marked ex-dragoon, whom a lady followed in his wanderings out of love. There was Cavalier, a baker's apprentice with a genius for war, elected brigadier of Camisards at seventeen, to die at fifty-five the English governor of Jersey. There again was Castanet, a partisan in a voluminous peruke and with a taste for divinity. Strange generals who moved apart to take counsel with the God of Hosts, and fled or offered battle, set sentinels or slept in an unguarded camp, as the Spirit whispered to their hearts! And to follow these and other leaders was the rank file of prophets and disciples, bold, patient, hardy to run upon the mountains, cheering their rough life with psalms, eager to fight, eager to pray, listening devoutly to the oracles of brainsick children, and mystically putting a grain of wheat among the pewter balls with which they charged their muskets.


Pretty weird, huh? And right in Europe, not all that long ago.

The last sentence from Stevenson is particularly intriguing, since it conjures up comparisons to the Mai-Mai rebels in the Congo today, who believe that certain magical charms protect them against bullets; that their own bullets are invulnerable to counter charms; and that ritual cannibalism of their enemies is still a grand idea.

Once Europe had its own Mai-Mai's. Perhaps someday Africa will be rid of theirs.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 22, 2009 - Comments (11)
Category: Cannibalism, Death, Frauds, Cons and Scams, History, Historical Figure, Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Paranormal, Religion, War, Weapons, Foreign Customs, Africa, Europe, Eighteenth Century

Jesus Freak Documentary

A fascinating time capsule from 1971. Thirty minutes long, but watch at least the first five or so.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 27, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Drugs, Eccentrics, Family, Children, Parents, Hygiene, Nature, New Age, Pop Culture, Religion, 1970s, Facial Hair, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Merry (Weird) Christmas!

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Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 25, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Holidays, Religion, Royalty, Children, Foreign Customs, 1970s

High Weirdness by Mail

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The year 2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of a classic tome: HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL.

In those antique pre-internet days of the book's debut, your only resources for contacting and receiving strange information was the USPS. There are plenty of cheap copies of HWBM available online, if you want to get a nostalgic snapshot of that era.

But the SubGeniuses behind the book have also launched THE HIGH WEIRDNESS PROJECT, which strives to replicate the book as a web-based experience.

Pay them a visit, and get your slack on.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 03, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Religion, Weird Studies and Guides, Books, 1980s

Teen Devotionals

Some examples of the curious genre of the Teen Devotional:

Can I Be a Christian Without Being Weird?
I'm not sure, but what I want to know is, can I believe in giant space lizards without being weird?

Fifty-six Days Ablaze
Fifty-six days burning in the fiery pits of Hell!

Anybody Can Be Cool-- But Awesome Takes Practice
These guys are still practicing.

If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open?
First your locker won't open, then you get left behind during the Rapture. Sucks to be a Christian.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 26, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Literature, Religion

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