Bible

The Bible’s wackiest writings are the subject of Elaine Pagels’ new book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, excerpted in the Wall Street Journal: The Book of Revelation is…



Mitch Horowitz, perhaps the leading editor of occult books working today, ponders how The Jefferson Bible might have changed history, for CNN: Imagine the following scenario: A U.S. president is discovered to be…


It’s been mentioned, but in this clip from the British show QI, Stephen Fry and co. discuss the strange similarities between the Christian savior and the far cooler and more mystical Roman/Persian god Mithras, who shares the December 25 birthday, and had twelve disciples of his own, and was birthed in the form of a mortal to a virgin mother…


Just in time for the holidays, Al Franken’s animated comic tells the biblical story of Supply Side Jesus — basically, a version of Christ the savior updated to be more palatable for the devout conservative Christians of today. Witness the tale of his radical free-market teachings:


Robert Pigott reports on the controversial new Bible translation into Jamaican patois for BBC News Magazine: The Bible is, for the first time, being translated into Jamaican patois. It’s a move welcomed…



This must have been a mind-bending moment for many viewers. Ancient texts scholar and The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross author John Allegro informs the public know that, Jesus was, in fact, a mushroom. Why don’t I learn facts like this from television today?


Angry GodVia Eric Allen Bell:

Once upon a time a very, very angry man named “god” created the world, got pissed off at everybody and killed them all with a flood, except for his buddy Noah and his 2 live crew.

Later God decided everyone is so lame that he chose his “chosen people” to give a plot of real estate to while telling everyone else to fuck off, ordered some ethnic cleansings to clear out the area and so forth.

Still finding nearly all people to be unbearable (and who can blame him, really?) this god person decided, out of the kindness of his heart, to send his only son to be brutally tortured and savagely murdered so that he won’t have to send us all into a lake of hell fire for all eternity …





Biblical Literalism has been used against civil rights, female equality or moral fortitude, now it is used by some in an often violent campaign against homosexuality, in contradiction to the ultimate virtue of what it means be one who follows God.





[disinfo ed.’s note: just as a reminder, the world may end on Saturday. Have a great week!]

A video report from CNN, and below a write up from Fox News:

A New York man spent his entire $140,000 life savings advertising his prediction that the world will end May 21, the New York Post reported Friday.

Robert Fitzpatrick, a 60-year-old Staten Island resident, said he spent at least that sum on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads on bus kiosks and subway cars…


Wondering what it would be like to live in a cult? British documentarian Louis Theroux spent several days in the Kansas homes of members of the Westboro Baptist Church and filmed the experience for the BBC — basically opening a giant can of crazy.




Now that I think about it, it’s amazing that it took so long. Jessica Ravitz reports on A.C. Grayling’s The Good Book: A Humanist Bible for CNN: The question arose early in…





William Bender writes in the Philadephia News:

John Thomas told police he was inspired by the Old Testament when he slipped a rock inside one of Murray Seidman’s socks and used it to bludgeon the 70-year-old to death.

Unfortunately for Thomas, who was charged yesterday with first-degree murder, the Pennsylvania crimes code hews more closely to the Ten Commandments than the Book of Leviticus, which advocates the killing of homosexuals.

“I stoned Murray with a rock in a sock,” Thomas, 28, confessed Wednesday, more than two months after Seidman’s body was found inside his Lansdowne apartment, where the floor, walls and furniture were splattered with dried blood, according to police.