...that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use (Galileo). Be well, London.
One thing I've noticed while writing a dissertation on alternative religion is that religion & spirituality are on everyone's minds. Let's hope this bodes well. Here's a sampling.
- The latest edition of Boldtype, the spirituality issue, features RZA as guest editor. Reviews include Eco's latest (with a link to a cool annotation project using Wiki technology), Osamu Tezuka's Buddha, Joanne Harris's Holy Fools, and The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master.
- Guruphiliac is a blog that goes undercover to scrutinize some of the world's most popular gurus.
- Often when I tell someone the story of Aimee Semple McPherson, the subject of the latest chapter I'm writing, they suggest a screenplay. For now, they'll have to settle for Richard Rossi's film currently looking for a distributor. It sounds a little preachy, but Ron Howard's father plays Aimee's father James Kennedy and Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter also has a role.
- Boston University surveys Americans in a study of satanism and crime.
- Alt-country musician Jim White is Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus in this new documentary. The soundtrack features White, Sixteen Horsepower, and Cat Power, among others.