The shoe company ‘Atheist Shoes’ conducted an experiment where they sent packages with ‘Atheist’ brand packing tape and neutral packing tape to the U.S. The ‘Atheist’ marked packages took an average of 3 days longer to ship and where 10 times more likely to disappear.
France banned an ad depicting Jesus as a female because of its “intrusion on people’s innermost beliefs”.
When Vladimir the Great was trying to decide on the national religion of Russia in 987, he nearly chose Islam; however, after realizing that Muslims weren’t allowed to drink alcohol, he decided on Orthodox Christianity instead.
The earliest piece of great literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, includes a story in which Utnapishtim is told to build a ship to save the animals of the world from a “great flood”. Nearly 2,000 years later, a similar tale with different names appeared in the Bible’s book of Genesis.
Three of Nigeria’s wealthiest pastors spent more than $60 million on private jets between March 2009 and March 2011.
Since the 12th century, Judaism believes that if the truths derived through science or philosophy contradict religious beliefs, the religious beliefs are incorrect.
St Augustine, who lived in the 4th century, advocated that god should have made use of natural, evolutionary, original causes in the production of man’s body. He believed it was the soul that was created through a supernatural process, the body was created through a natural evolutionary process.
The term “devil’s advocate” was originally the church official appointed to argue against a candidate for sainthood.
An analysis of over 200 social studies contends that high religiousness predicts a lower risk of depression and drug abuse and fewer suicide attempts, and more reports of satisfaction with sex life and a sense of well-being.
One of the Vatican’s own astronomers, and the curator of of the Vatican’s meteorite collection, dismisses creationism as “…a kind of paganism”.