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How Hard Is It To Get Kicked Off Brazil's 'Sin-Free' Facebook? 

Evangelical Christians in Brazil are going louco for Faceglória, a new, “sin-free” Facebook knockoff for the very religious. Since launching a month ago, Faceglória has over 100,000 users pressing “Amen” instead of “like”. It also has strict posting policies: No swear words, no violence, no gay content or erotica, definitely no gory gay erotica. The emphasis on purity made us wonder: How hard is it to get kicked off South America’s holiest social site?


Video: The Serenity Of Nature In The Mountains Of Japan

Shugendo is an old religion in Japan that started in the 7th century that focuses on a spiritual experience or awakening of sorts with nature. There’s more to it then that, of course. But this film by Mathieu Le Lay explores that world and follows Yamabushi monk Kosho Tateishi during his prayer rituals.


Meet The Mormon Survivalist Preppers Of Pinterest

Pinterest — the mason jar lobby’s most effective propaganda apparatus — is an aggressively wholesome social platform. It’s The Container Store of social networks, but past the relentless arrangements of DIY barn-wedding souvenirs, there’s another Pinterest, one focused on surviving doom.


People Got So Into This Strange Internet Button They Made Up Religions 

It started as an April Fool’s Day lark, but a digital button placed on Reddit just one month ago has spurred a complex, sprawling online community, with offshoots that consider themselves spiritual orders.


Evolution Aside, Even Basic Geology Disproves Creationism

In the ongoing conflict between science and creationism, evolution is usually a main point of contention. The idea that all life on Earth evolved from a common ancestor is a major problem for creationists. As a geologist, though, I think that the rocks beneath our feet offer even better arguments against creationism. For the creationist model doesn’t square with what you can see for yourself. And this has been known since before Darwin wrote a word about evolution.


A Guide To Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group’s strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuts on HBO tonight, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology’s practices, including its ongoing quest to acquire high-profile real estate.


When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try To Convert It?

Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our culture, and we will inevitably try to control AI and teach it our ways, for better or worse.


Which Religions Are Prepared To Accept Life In Space?

Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up before then, colonising other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centred around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture? Therein lies an issue that’s often overlooked: Can the major monotheistic religions of the world reconcile what space means for our immortal souls?


The Coolest Churches, Mosques And Synagogues Of The Year

Religion is changing — from the stained glass industry to Portlandia’s perfect parody of a desperate pastor’s plea that “church is an option“. At the same time, there’s been a major renaissance in religious architecture over the last few years.


The History Of All Religions Explained In One Fascinating Graphic

I spent some of my university years studying with the Jesuits, which inevitably led to theology classes and the fascinating history of religion. That class is summarised in this new version of a great graphic by Simon E. Davies, a complex tree of myths and traditions continuously evolving into remakes.