Karol Szymanowski – Litany to the Virgin Mary

How am I supposed to get work done, when I put on hauntingly beautiful music like this? [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Abandoned

Shannon sees Walt again, once more dripping with water, and he speaks backwards. Sayid thinks she was dreaming. Shannon tries to get Vincent to lead her to Walt, but instead he takes her to Boone’s grave. Claire mentions the possibility that Charlie is a religious freak, and when Locke says he doubts that, Claire tells [Read More...]

Saint Barbie

Argentine artists Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli have created a number of variations on Barbie and Ken, depicting them as versions of the Virgin Mary and other saints. I was rather relieved when I read the article and saw that these were not actual toys, since my initial reaction was to wonder, “Will kids play with this?” and then, “Won’t parents [Read More...]

Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday, Nadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

Christmas: Damage Control or Outcast Inclusion?

Johnny Walker drew attention to one view of the Christmas stories in the Gospels that is heard about less often in churches: that they were an attempt at damage control, to cover up or distract from stories about Mary having been raped by a Roman soldier or simply having gotten pregnant without being married. Michael [Read More...]

May The Faith Be With You

IO9 has previously shared examples of religious statues and iconography being transformed into superheroes, and when I’ve seen them I’ve shared some of them here. Today, IO9 shared samples of what an artist has done with statues and imagery of the Virgin Mary. Below are a couple of them. Click through to see more.    [Read More...]