Police in Indonesia investigating reports of an "angel" in a remote village discovered not a supernatural avatar of God's will but a blow-up doll. A fisherman found it floating around after a rare solar eclipse and, well, it's a mistake anyone could make: "The timing of the discovery led some to believe the doll had a divine provenance. They have no internet, they don't know what a sex toy is," the AFP quoted a local police chief as saying.
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Salman Rushdie, the British author attacked by a Muslim extremist earlier this summer as he prepared to deliver a lecture in New York, has lost the use of one hand and is blind in one eye. Rushie, 75, has long lived under the threat of a fatwa declared by Iranian ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini over this… READ THE REST
In the video embedded below, Alan Watts (1915-1973), a lo-fi firebrand spiritual scholar and irreverent philosopher, begins with a discussion of the complicated and political origins of the Bible and the politics of translation and interpretation. Humans edited the Bible, and those edits were political. Did these edits distort the Word? Watts emphasizes that Christianity… READ THE REST
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