U.S. Religious Denominations Are Feeling the Pinch; Luxury Disappears as Real Estate Is Sold Off

The Unitarian Universalist Association is selling its headquarters and three other buildings in Beacon Hill, the toniest part of Boston, to move to much less stately digs in an “innovation district” on the city’s outskirts. The New York Times, under the headlineDenominations Downsizing and Selling Assets in More Secular Era,” reports that that kind of thing has been happening all over.

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Billy Graham’s Daughter Says Missing Malaysian Plane Could Offer a Glimpse of What the Rapture Will Look Like

The missing Malaysian airliner is child’s play compared to the sadness and confusion that will befall the world’s population when Jesus returns for the Rapture, says Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, on her blog.

Under the heading “Where Have All the People Gone?”, she writes:

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Feeling Curious about a Particle Physicist Who’s Also a Priest? Ask Him a Question!

A priest and a physicist walk into a bar… and it’s the same guy. Possibly minus the bar part, such is life for John Cunningham, S.J., Ph.D., an associate professor of physics (and chair of the physics department) at Loyola University in Chicago. His bio says that his research interests focus on experimental particle and astrophysics, [Read More...]

Breaking: Fred Phelps Is Dead

America’s biggest hater is dead. Fred Phelps was 84. In 2010, Huffington Post reporter Joshua Kors asked how the frontman of the widely reviled Westboro Baptist Church saw his own demise. Kors: Everybody’s going to die at some point. I’m wondering about your thoughts on going to heaven. Phelps: The Lord himself should descend for me with the [Read More...]

A Century Ago, These Poorly-Done Trick Photos of the Spirit World Had Many People Convinced

These turn-of-the-last-century photos are a visual cabinet of curiosities, all the more wondrous for having convinced anyone, at any point, that spirit mediums and visits from beyond the grave are real.

On the other hand, it doesn’t surprise me very much to learn that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was convinced that the images below were genuine. While his famous protagonist was a cynic who believed in evidence, logic, and reason, Conan Doyle himself was P.T. Barnum‘s proverbial sucker, a man so keen on believing in the existence of the paranormal that he went to his grave with the certitude that fairies exist, based on a hoax photo made by two young girls.

Anyway, this is what you would have seen at a séance a hundred or so years ago:

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