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Dante’s Inferno and the simulacrum of hell
March 20, 2010 – 9:37 pm | No Comment

I haven’t owned a video gaming system since my parents got my brother and me the original Nintendo. But I’ve seen the commercials for “Dante’s Inferno” a number of times now, and I confess I’m captivated. Not that I intend to buy it. The real Dante’s Inferno is one of the great works of world literature, and still defines much of our visual mythology of hell. (This despite the fact that, for Dante, hell was freezing cold rather than burning hot.)…

Yelp for churches
February 24, 2010 – 9:03 pm | One Comment

So I just ran across this from another blog : ChurchRater.com . Evidently, founder Jim Henderson decided to start the Web site to rate churches–in the same way that TripAdvisor rates hotels or Yelp rates everything else–to help people find local faith communities. And in case you were wondering, Jim owns a consulting business to help churches “see themselves through the eyes of Outsiders.” Yeah, I’m not surprised either. I’m curious to see how high this gets off the ground. I have found myself using Yelp or AroundMe on my iPhone to check out churches when I’m out of town. The pickings are slim. Perhaps this will fill a void. As to what it says about the commodification of American religion, there’s a long line in that check-out lane.

Jesus Rifles
January 22, 2010 – 8:53 pm | No Comment
Jesus Rifles

The headline from ABC News is certainly attention grabbing — “No More Jesus Rifles.” Weapons supplied to US forces in the Middle East with “Bible Codes,” which are used in combat against Muslims is being …

Elvis turns 75! A holy day in the cult of celebrity?
January 8, 2010 – 6:16 pm | Comments Off

Elvis Presley turns 75 today, which makes it a good day for local Elvis impersonators .

Public confession as ‘atonement': Mark McGwire, Andre Agassi, and now Tiger Woods
December 1, 2009 – 4:58 pm | Comments Off

Andre Agassi’s honest attempt at “atonement,” in book form Will he talk or won’t he? Itis a question St.

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Multimedia: Jacob Bodden playing Concordia carillon
August 15, 2009 – 12:52 pm | Comments Off

Those of you who attended Dutch 10 year-old Jacob Bodden’s concert heard him live. But for everyone else, Post-Dispatch/STLtoday.com photographer Stephanie Cordle put together a “Mixed Media” video that includes footage of him playing in the carillon booth