Category Archives: Pop Culture

A Brief History of Chocolate Jesus

Jesus and chocolate. I love both. So when I heard the song “Chocolate Jesus” for the first time last week (on a podcast about religious kitsch), it sounded yummy. The song is satirical, but as I listened to it, I … Continue reading

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“Faith in Drag” podcast: on the role of images in Christianity and Hinduism

Encounter is a Sydney-based radio documentary feature program that seeks to explore the connections between religion and life. Two weeks ago they aired an episode, hosted by Allison Chan, that includes interviews with religious gift shop workers, Christian and Hindu … Continue reading

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The Real Saint Nick

Santa Claus: fact, or fiction? The answer is, a little bit of both. The Santa Claus of American lore is based on the real-life Nicholas of Myra, a Greek Christian living in Asia Minor during the third and fourth centuries. … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 3: What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?

This twelve-part series outlines the “Vintage Jesus” sermons of Pastor Mark Driscoll. See part 1 here. Click here to watch the sermon “What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?” 5:25: A brief history of crucifixion Invented by the Persians c. … Continue reading

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“Jesus Is My Homeboy: Behind the Icon” documentary

In 2011 I wrote a piece on the little-known story behind the “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt. (Read “Jesus Is My Homeboy: The Story That Started It All.”) I’ve just learned that the story is being made into a documentary, … Continue reading

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Vintage Jesus, Part 1: Is Jesus the Only God?

Jesus Christ today is the most extraordinary, the most loved and hated, the most widely considered person in all of human history. More songs have been sung to him, more paintings painted of him, and more books written about him, … Continue reading

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World’s Tallest Jesus Statues

Beginning in the 1920s, the genre of the colossal Jesus statue emerged.  Currently, there are twenty-seven Jesus statues worldwide (that I could find) that stand over 65 feet tall, base not included.  Most of them are in Latin America, though … Continue reading

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