​When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?


Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our culture, and we will inevitably try to control AI and teach it our ways, for better or worse. » 2/04/15 5:23pm 2/04/15 5:23pm

Jesus Might Not Have Been Judas' Only Victim

Exactly how much the Bible intersects with history has been a matter of debate for a long, long time — and it's a thorny subject, with no easy answers. But still, looking at the intersection can make things very interesting. For example, Judas Iscariot might have been a member of an order of assassins. » 1/07/15 4:30pm 1/07/15 4:30pm

1,500-Year-Old "Lost Gospel" Suggests Jesus Was Married With Children

A new book is making the controversial claim that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two sons. The authors say the evidence comes from a 1,500-year-old manuscript uncovered at the British Library. » 11/11/14 2:30pm 11/11/14 2:30pm

Could This Precious Goblet Really Be The Holy Grail?

Crowds are flocking to León's San Isidro basilica in Spain after two historians published a book claiming that the precious goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca is the mythical chalice from which Jesus drank during the last supper. » 4/01/14 8:40am 4/01/14 8:40am

Darren Aronofsky wins battle with studio over cuts to Noah

For the past few months, we've been unsure which version of Darren Aronofsky's Noah would be hitting theaters — there were tons of reports that Christian audiences reacted badly in screenings. Paramount had reportedly cut as many as six different versions of the film. But now, it appears Aronofsky has won. » 2/20/14 2:11pm 2/20/14 2:11pm

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… » 2/17/14 11:04am 2/17/14 11:04am

The Original Robocop Was A Christ Allegory

The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—"a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie," as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to… » 2/16/14 5:08pm 2/16/14 5:08pm

Listen to the Butt Song from Hell written on a 500-year-old painting

One section of Hieronymus Bosch's massive triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights depicts a hellish chorus singing a song painted on the buttocks of a sinner. Now a musician has transcribed it into modern notation for our asinine listening pleasure. » 2/14/14 10:40am 2/14/14 10:40am

​God's 12 Biggest Dick Moves in the Old Testament

Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane, if his willingness to randomly murder devout worshippers like Moses was any indication. Here are the 12… » 2/14/14 10:22am 2/14/14 10:22am

This ancient burial box contains the earliest known reference to Jesus

After a 10-year investigation and criminal trial, an Israeli antiquities collector has been cleared of forgery charges. That means the modest limestone burial box pictured above — an ossuary inscribed with the earliest-known reference to Jesus – is the real deal. » 12/27/13 8:40am 12/27/13 8:40am

The 9 most baffling passages in the Bible, and what they really mean

The Bible has been called an historical document, a guidebook for moral living, and a work of fiction. No matter how you view it, there is no question that certain parts are confusing. We'll take a look at the possible meanings of the nine strangest passages in the Bible. » 12/12/13 10:23am 12/12/13 10:23am

8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more. » 10/19/12 9:03am 10/19/12 9:03am

Jar Jar Binks attains sainthood in deranged Star Wars religious art

Last week, we saw Luke Skywalker accept Jesus Christ by way of homemade lawn ornaments. Today, we take a look at Chawakarn Khongprasert's Star Wars iconography, in which Yoda and Chewie bear witness to important events while looking piously constipated. Delightfully kitschy stuff. [Via Neatorama] » 10/15/12 7:20am 10/15/12 7:20am

Science Fiction Sunday School Comics From The 1970s Were Trippy As Balls

In the 1970s, Archie and Marvel Comics artist Al Hartley — who became a born-again Christian the previous decade — began writing and illustrating religious comics. Some of these evangelical funny books starred Jughead discovering Jesus, whereas others were space operas about Space Satan and his tricked-out UFO. » 8/22/12 2:40pm 8/22/12 2:40pm

Saintly statues get superheroic makeovers

We've seen superheroes cast in traditional religious and mythological roles many times before, from Batman and Superman in ancient marble to Marvel superheroes hanging out with Jesus. Igor Scalisi Palminteri's artwork actually casts superheroes as Christ and Christian saints, decked out in primary colored robes. » 6/10/12 8:30am 6/10/12 8:30am

Did you know that Jesus Christ's tomb is in Japan?

In the 2,800-person village of Shingō in Japan's Aomori prefecture, you can visit a tourist attraction that earns almost doodlysquat fanfare despite its world-shattering theological ramifications. I am, of course, talking about the grave of Jesus Christ. What, you didn't know that Jesus escaped crucifixion and… » 12/26/11 8:20am 12/26/11 8:20am

Theologian asks government-funded conference, "Did Jesus die for…

What would the discovery of an alien civilization mean for the most basic tenets of Christianity? This question was explored last Saturday at the 100 Year Starship Symposium in Orlando, Florida. » 10/04/11 7:00am 10/04/11 7:00am

Cosmic Pluralism: How Christianity briefly conquered the solar system

By the 1700s, there could no longer be any doubt. Earth was just one of many worlds orbiting the Sun, which forced scientists and theologians alike to ponder a tricky question. Would God really have bothered to create empty worlds? » 6/30/11 2:33pm 6/30/11 2:33pm