Archaeology News Network: The conflict between science and religion lies in our brains.
Italian Ways: Michelangelo’s wonderful “Pietà” photographed.
Appropriate Good Friday posting!
Italian Ways: The Runaway Madonna in Sulmona.
“Running” to the resurrected Messiah.
Business Insider: ISIS trained 400 to attack Europe.
KARE11: Church discovers 30,000 cars in donated house.
Amazing. In that you don’t often run across folks like this anymore. It’s not hoarding, it’s a deep abiding love of all things auto.
Guardian.UK: Catholic school condemns chants of ‘You killed Jesus’ at Jewish opponents.
Medievalism. When you think you’ve got it tamped down, another sprout shows up.
The Australian: Memory stick reveals names of thousands of jihadist recruits.
Modernity sinks the medieval.
Discover Mag: Are Stone-Throwing Chimps Performing ‘Sacred’ Rituals?
NY Times Sunday Review: What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?
“We suggest that expressing moral outrage can serve as a form of personal advertisement: People who invest time and effort in condemning those who behave badly are trusted more.” Better a moral judgment than another selfie, no? At least some grey matter is being used.
Salon: What can we learn from translations of the Bible?
“One interesting thing to consider is that there are direct translations of the Bible, from the Hebrew (for the Old Testament) and the Greek (New Testament), and then there is a long tradition of translations of translations. We should discuss what a translation of a translation — and sometimes a translation of a translation of a translation — actually means.” Nonsense? Oh, Eco, how you would have riffed on this.
Patheos: An open letter to the Republican establishment leadership.
“Bill Buckley and Jack Kemp are gone. Now you have the sons of the Birch Society funding the rabid dogs of chaos. Their man is Trump.” Read ‘o the day. Thanks much, Cam Barrett on FB.
Guardian.UK: Donald Trump calls Pope Francis ‘disgraceful’ for questioning his faith.
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” As I’ve said before, the Don is radioactively obtuse.
Courier-Journal: Lawmaker files bill requiring men to have note from wife to get Viagra.
Finally. The ladies are sick of the BS. YAY.
Dazed: Meet Hijarbie, the world’s first hijab-wearing Barbie.
“I’m filling a gap and hoping to create a positive awareness for the Muslim girl [snip] I want her to be inspired. This is about creating an alternative and having toys that look like you, which, at the end of the day, leads to better self-esteem.”
MeFi: World’s oldest surviving inscription of the Ten Commandments? Not quite.
Atlas Obscura: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Traffic Signs.
“Nudelmesse!” That’s what I’m calling it from now on. Love it.
PDN Pulse: Why Muslim Woman’s Suit Against AP for Hijab Photo Will Probably Fail.
“Two days later, the image appeared for license on AP’s website.” Hmmm. Not sure where I stand on this one.
NY Times: Hillary Clinton Gets Personal on Christ and Her Faith.
DesignYouTrust: Photos Show Afghanistan Before It Plunged Into Hell.
Economist.UK: After Jakarta.
If you weren’t aware, there are significantly more Muslims in South-East Asia than in the Middle East. Economic conditions may make young men a particularly easy radicalization vector.
Economist.UK: Mosqued objectives.
Hyperallergic: Images Confirm the Destruction of Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery.
Salem News: Proctor’s Ledge in Salem confirmed as witch execution site.
Guardian.UK: Heavily armed men offer ‘security’ for Oregon militia at wildlife refuge.
Put out the call to militias, beggars can’t be choosers. You sometimes get what you don’t expect.
PS Mag: What Would Allah Do?
“Our findings cast doubt on the notion that there is something special about religious faith ... that invariably favors promotion of violent intergroup conflict.” A worthy read, working directly against the religion/violence assumption.