The Weird and Fraudulent World of Catholic Relics

For centuries, some Christians have venerated the bodies and possessions of saints, but more often than not, there's no way to tell whether something is St. Peter's skull or a really old potato.


Do Mormons Care About Joseph Smith's 40 Wives?

This year the LDS church released a series of essays that quietly acknowledged some of the more sordid bits of Mormon history, including the religion's founder's polygamy.


A Tour of the Long-Lost Internet Churches of the Web 1.0 Days

I revisited the sacred relics of the days when GeoCities pages roamed the land.


This Dude Started His Own Cult

"It's a group performance where everyone's a player," says Christopher Allman, the creator and leader of the People of Ieya.


This Guy Thinks Danny DeVito Is the Antichrist

William Tapley, self-proclaimed "Third Eagle of the Apocalypse" and "Co-Prophet of the End Times," thinks the guy who played the Penguin is going to bring about the Apocalypse.


Catholics Are Going to Freak When We Find Aliens

What would happen to the world's religions if we made contact with alien life? I asked Dr. David A. Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University who's been trying to get to the bottom of that question.


Our Lady of the Holy Death Is the World's Fastest Growing Religious Movement

"People feel more comfortable asking her for favors that they probably shouldn't ask a Catholic saint for. If you want your shipment of meth to arrive safely, it's easier to ask Santa Muerte than the Virgin of Guadalupe."


What Happened to Doomsday Prophet Harold Camping After the World Didn't End?

Despite Harold Camping's preaching on Family Radio and the costly media blitz, the world didn't end on May 21, 2011.


Can an Open-Source Religion Work?

The internet is democratizing everything. CNN is being swapped out for Twitter. Pirate Bay is being used in place of cable. Now, it's finally impacting religion with Syntheism, the first “open-source” faith.


Sacrificing Virgins

Back in the day, if you wanted God to bless your crops and make them grow high to the heavens, you prayed for rain. If that didn't work, you built a temple or maybe slaughtered a goat. And if that didn't work, well, then you just hacked up the nearest...


People Who Love God Also Love Porn

The residents of “religious” cities watch just about the same amount of porn as the godless heathens in progressive cities like San Francisco and Boston. The study is the result of adult website PornHub crunching the numbers on where their users are...


Don't Bet on the Apocalypse

Remember those billboards during the summer of 2011 that boldly claimed the world was going to end on May 21 of that year? Those predictions were put together by a California-based Christian cult who is now destitute, because they spent all their money...