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Even Heisenberg Prays: The Power of Answered Prayer

Even Heisenberg Prays: The Power of Answered Prayer

By Brandon Logan…As this is the internet, all discussions must inevitably touch on Breaking Bad—even those on religion. For a show that so effectively dealt with a diverse range of aspects within the human condition, religion, surprisingly, was never really something the show dwelled upon. Questions of ethics and morality were obviously a central component to the show but rarely anything explicitly religious.

A Yarmulke Grows in Jordan and the Hypocrisy of Moderation

A Yarmulke Grows in Jordan and the Hypocrisy of Moderation

By Nehemia Stern
We find ourselves in a political era where liberal well intentioned moderates are apologizing, and offering excuses for Islamic extremism. There are a plethora of excuses, from capitalism and imperialism, to Israeli settlements and the Jewish Lobby. In fact for Queen Rania the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one excuse that fuels extremism in the entire region (the entire region!).

Jesus in Disneyland, the Church of Body Modifications, and Postmodern Religion in America

Jesus in Disneyland, the Church of Body Modifications, and Postmodern Religion in America

More recently, the blending of religious and cultural resources within the American landscaped overflows the merging of Disney and Evangelism. The suspension of Ariana Iacono, a North Carolina high school student who wore a nose-piercing to school, for instance, brought to light the Church of Bodily Modification (COBM), to which she and her mother apparently belong.(2) As the Washington Post reports,(3) within the COBM community, spiritual experience and growth are understood as occurring through bodily piercings, scarifications, and modifications, that is, changing the physical appearance of the body in subtle and sometimes even profound ways, ways that might seem quite disturbing to outsiders.(4)