Five Years of Patheos, Two Years of Me: #Patheos5yrs

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I wasn’t a Catholic blogger when Elizabeth Scalia asked me to join team Patheos Catholic a few years ago. I was a game blogger, as in video games, board games, puzzles: the sort of thing I do in my day job as a tech journalist and an editor of a game magazine. Elizabeth saw my [Read More...]

Our Funny Little Satanist Friends Made a Statue!

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Aw, innit cute!? Didn’t I see this in Hammer’s The Devil Rides Out? Rad. Good movie. I think I’ll base my entire life, being, and belief system upon it. The overgrown teenagers of the Satanic Temple in New York have raised $30,000 to bronze this turd and plop it in front of the Oklahoma State [Read More...]

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Egypt 3D-Prints an Exact Replica of Tut’s Tomb

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One of the great threats to archaeological treasures is popularity. The more popular something is, the more tourists it gets. The more tourists, the faster it decays. Vibration, traffic, moisture, light, and human respiration all can degrade certain ancient artifacts. The tomb and treasures of King Tutankhamen are quite possibly the most famous treasures of [Read More...]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Moral Outrage

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I am the least sporty person you’ll ever meet. I’ve never watched an entire football, hockey, soccer, or major league baseball game, ever. I took the kids to minor league games for the Camden Riversharks a couple times, and it was fun … ish. (I have, however, attended 5 professional golf tournaments and used to [Read More...]

Watch Some C.S. Lewis Doodles

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  C.S. Lewis Doodle is almost completely self-explanatory: it’s a guy illustrating excerpts from the works of C.S. Lewis with doodles, and it’s pretty neat. The art is credited to Playmobible.com and the reading is by Ralph Cosham, who some might recognize from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. [Read more...]

How Badly Does Vox Explain Baptism in 130 Words?

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Pretty badly. For those who don’t know, Vox is a website that attempts to “explain” the news in tiny little bits of compressed pseudo-information. When Sarah Palin made a spectacularly offensive comment about using water-boarding to baptize terrorists, the non-theists at Vox put on their ‘splaining caps and broke it down for us thusly. Let’s go [Read More...]

Watch Joss Whedon’s New Movie On Vimeo

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In Your Eyes is a supernatural love story written and produced by Joss Whedon, and directed by first-timer Brin Hill. Whedon, ever-willing to experiment with new media and film-making techniques (as he did with Much Ado About Nothing and Dr. Horrible), is making the whole feature available now as a $5 72-hour rental on Vimeo. [Read More...]

Another Nail in the Coffin of the “Jesus’s Wife” Hoax

Gospel of John fragment from same group as the Gospel of Jesus's Wife.

Evidence indicating that Karen King’s so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” (GJW) is a modern forgery just keeps piling up. Most recently, we learned that the man listed as the source for the document (prior to the anonymous donor/forger) almost certainly never owned it. This came on top of a mountain of other evidence suggesting modern [Read More...]

My Favorite John XXIII Quip

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Asked how many people worked at the Vatican, St. John replied, “About half of them.” Anyone who has worked for the Church knows how true this is. Our motto should be “employing the unemployable.” (And, yes, I’ll include myself among that group.) Catholic News Service has a few Pope John jokes I hadn’t heard before. [Read More...]

Obama and the Robot

"I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords."

Japan’s obsession with robots is going to doom us all. This is how Skynet begins, with a friendly game of robot soccer. Drudge and some conservative sites are trying to make much of the fact that Obama bowed to the robot, but the robot bowed to him in greeting, so it seems like a reasonable [Read More...]

“Jesus’s Wife” Hoax: The Plot Thickens

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Kudos to LiveScience for doing an actual investigation into the provenance claims of the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.” The results are fascinating. Karen King initially put the document forward as a copy of a 2nd century lost “gospel” before retreating, in the face of inconclusive testing, to the possibility of it being an 8th [Read More...]

The Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II: The Opposition

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Two diametrically opposed complaints about the upcoming canonizations of two beloved popes landed in my news feed within minutes of each other. That each comes from radically different camps–modernist and anti-modernist–shows that the fringes are almost always united in their wrongness, if divided in their reasoning. First up is this blast of badly-argued nonsense from [Read More...]

Happy Earth Day! Or Not.

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Happy Earth Day! Here’s a picture of Holly Maddux, murdered and stuffed in a trunk by one of the founders of Earth Day: Keep a few extra lights burning in memory of her. Fun fact: the date of Earth Day (April 22nd) was chosen to coincide with birthday of another psychopath: Vladimir Lenin. But let’s not [Read More...]

Comments Will Remain Off For the Foreseeable Future

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Like several of my fellow mackerel snappers here on Patheos I turned off comboxes so I didn’t have to deal with trolls and such during Lent. And I decided I liked it so much that I’m going to keep them off for a while. My apologies to those regular commenting folk who always add something [Read More...]


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