The Satanic Temple continues to mine the worst tricks from church subculture in what is either a misguided effort to win new followers or an attempt at parody. In either case, they're capitalizing on an Orange County ruling last year that allows religious adherents to hand out pamphlets at schools. The ruling came at the behest of a Christian group called The World Changers of Florida, but cracked the door for the Satanic Temple to distribute their own literature. And children's Satanic literature is, as you might expect, interesting. As with a lot of material from the Satanic Temple, it's not entirely clear how much is genuine and how much is tongue-in-cheek, but don't expect kids to be able to tell the difference either ... Discuss

A Conversation With Radiolab

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Religion makes people more generous. That’s the finding of a recent poll commissioned by BBC that asked more than 2,500 people questions about their religious beliefs and their giving habits. The poll numbers—which were collected by the research group ComRes—found that respondents across the U.K. who claimed to be practicing believers were more likely to have made a recent charitable donation than those who were not religious. Read More

I will admit it: I’m not a comics guy.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side like any other kid with a sense of humor, but as far as the superhero graphic novel thing went, I never really connected.

I think I had a hard time immersing into those worlds because to do so, you pretty much had to suspend reality. Where’s the drama if bullets can’t hurt the tights-wearing hero? I’ve never really liked entertainment where I felt like I had to turn off my brain to enjoy it. Read More

Using the most recent U.S. Religion Census data, The Washington Post has created these maps (you can go here to see a larger version of the one below) showing what religions other than Christianity (which is the most popular in the United States) and what Christian denominations are popular in states and areas across the country ... Discuss

According to a new Gallup Poll, more than 1 in 4 Americans believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and should be interpreted literally, “word for word.” Even though that number seems pretty high, it’s actually down by 3% from 2007, and dramatically since the late ‘70s when 40% of Americans maintained that belief. The most recent poll found that a whopping 47% of Americans say that the Bible is "the inspired word of God—but not everything in it should be taken literally," meaning that more than 75% of Americans believe God inspired scripture, even though they disagree how it should be interpreted. Unfortunately, Americans’ feelings about Old Testament rock monsters were not made clear by the poll results ... Discuss