Singer Joseph Coward was brought up as part of a church known then as New Frontiers International. His experience was one of homophobia, control tactics, and a system that bore "all the calling cards of a cult."
Unfortunately, so does the Islamic State.
Considering that the holiday wasn't even developed until centuries after Jesus's death—and has been protested by Christians as often as atheists—it's difficult to know how J.C. would feel about his birthday bonanza.
A infant Jesus is a whole lot more pleasing to look at than an emaciated hipster on a crucifix.
He's launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise support for his undead manger scene, despite angry Baptist flyers and a court summons from the county.
Gene Sullivan runs Jump for Jesus, the world's only full-gospel ministry stunt program, where he leaps through rings of fire on his motorcycle in the name of Jesus Christ.
Celia Rowlson-Hall's gorgeous feature-length silent film "Ma" re-imagines the life of the Virgin Mary.
We talked to locals and fans to piece together the life of Geoffrey Brindle—the mysterious man who walks around the town Bradford in a robe and sandals well-wishing strangers.
Bernard Poolman tried to fashion himself as the next L. Ron Hubbard and failed gloriously.
In 1987, police raided properties owned by the 'The Family' to confirm they'd beaten, starved, and drugged 14 children raised in isolation.
Leaving a religion is like a breakup, a death, and a midlife crisis all at once, except your drinking buddies don't drink because they're religious, and your other friends don't exist.
Apparently there's a bit in Dante's Inferno that says the Holy Grail is in a chamber inside a mountain. So these guys are heading off to look for it.
The 66-year-old Nebraskan wants a judge to declare homosexuality a sin.
The "Vodění Jidáše" tradition can be a bit confusing, but at the end of it a bunch of kids get candy.
In the documentary Looking for Jesus (2012—....), artist Katarzyna Kozyra speaks with men exhibiting symptoms of Jerusalem Syndrome, a condition that makes people believe they're the messiah.
We generally notice them huddled outside abortion clinics holding signs and images of aborted foetuses, but is there more to the story?
The wall destroyed Johnny Anastas' livelihood and trapped his home in on three sides, so he decided to make the most of it with a gift shop full of wooden, Christian-themed souvenirs.
At 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, you can usually find Michael Job writhing in pain as Roman soldiers whip him on the cross. It's all part of the Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park in (where else?) Florida.
It sits at the end of a steep dirt road in Transylvania and you can ascend to the top and take in the surrounding countryside. As one guy I spoke to said, "It's not every day you get to climb so high up in a giant head."
This week: A kid got arrested for pretending to have sex with a statue of Jesus and a guy threw eggs at his neighbors' cars because they parked on the street.
I held a sign that looked like a bloody blender accident and hung out with a guy dressed as the Grim Reaper.
We made a pilgrimage to the set of Adult Swim's controversial new comedy series to bear witness to the gospel according to Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks
At least that's what the members of London's Aetherius Society believe. It was founded in 1955 by a cabbie named Dr. George King after he claimed to come into contact with aliens who spoke directly through their larynges.
Groups all across America are still trying to persuade teenagers to choose abstinence over safe sex. For some in the Bible Belt, it's working.