Two Atheists Who Changed Their Minds—And Why

Religion Today

ATHEIST NUMBER ONE Last night, my imagination was sparked by an entry I read over on Reddit.  The long comment, titled “An Atheist’s Love Letter to /r/Catholicism”, had been posted on the /r/Catholicism subreddit.  The writer, an atheist, had been confused by the recent publicity surrounding Pope Francis’ statements on atheism, and stopped by the /r/Catholicism subreddit to ask a question.  There, to his surprise, he found not division and criticism and mockery, but genuine theological discussio … [Read more...]

Breathtaking Disrespect: Pope-Emeritus Benedict Portrayed in Condoms

Pope Benedict made of condoms

I’m speechless. In a convergence of chutzpah and bad taste, Shorewood (WI) artist Niki Johnson has used 17,000 multi-colored condoms to create a larger-than-life portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  She has titled the creation “Eggs Benedict”.Just like the fawning ministers in Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, modern-day art critics have reacted to the art piece with enthusiasm.  Critics from the United States and around the world have called the work, which … [Read more...]

Pope-emeritus Benedict’s Birthday Portrait

Pope emeritus Benedict - new portrait

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI turns 86 today—and at a party in his honor, the German Embassy to the Holy See is unveiling a new portrait of the former pontiff.  The painting is the work of German artist Michael Triegel, nicknamed “Pabstmaler” or “Pope Painter”. TRIEGEL’S EARLY CAREER The award-winning Michael Triegel began his career in 1987 as a graphic artist; but in what he described as a “second birth” in a Roman church, he experienced an artistic awakening which refocused his career.   He fir … [Read more...]