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The Fourth Dimension and the Bible (1922)

- March 13, 2019 in bible, fourth dimension, invisible worlds, mathematical fiction, mathematics, physics, Religion

William Granville's attempt to explain the more mysterious aspects of the Bible through the rigours of pure mathematics.

Defining the Demonic

- October 30, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, cristianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart […]

Defining the Demonic

- October 25, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, christianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart lies an unlikely but pertinent synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.

Rescuing England: The Rhetoric of Imperialism and the Salvation Army

- August 16, 2017 in africa, Books, christian missionaries, christianity, colonialism, imperialism, poverty, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, Salvation Army, social reform, victorian england, victorian london, William booth

Ellen J. Stockstill on how William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, placed the ideas and language of colonialism at the very heart of his vision for improving the lives of Victorian England's poor.

Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq

- September 21, 2016 in Art & Illustrations, buraq, buraq iconography, buraq in art, Featured Articles, god, iconography, islam, mi'raj, Prophet Muhammad, qur'an, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, richard dawkins

Although mentioned only briefly in the Qur'an, the story of the Prophet Muhammad's night journey to heaven astride a winged horse called Buraq has long caught the imagination of artists. Yasmine Seale charts the many representations of this enigmatic steed, from early Islamic scripture to contemporary Delhi, and explores what such a figure can say about the nature of belief.

Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1836)

- August 27, 2015 in hoax, maria monk, nunnery, nuns, pregnancy, Religion, scandal

Maria Monk's revelations of her time at the Hôtel-Dieu convent in Montreal, describing nuns forced to engage in sexual acts with priests and being locked in the cellar as a punishment for disobeying.

Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (1836)

- August 27, 2015 in hoax, maria monk, nunnery, nuns, pregnancy, Religion, scandal

Maria Monk's revelations of her time at the Hôtel-Dieu convent in Montreal, describing nuns forced to engage in sexual acts with priests and being locked in the cellar as a punishment for disobeying.

Stop Driving Us Crazy! (1959)

- August 15, 2015 in aliens, driving, martians, Religion, safety

A strange driver's education film combining religion and sci-fi in the form of Rusty, a Martian who comes to Earth to explore the planet because his own is running out of oxygen.

A Bestiary of Sir Thomas Browne

- June 17, 2015 in animals, bestiary, Books, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, superstition, superstitious beliefs, thomas browne

Hugh Aldersey-Williams takes a little tour through Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a work which sees one of the 17th-century's greatest writers stylishly debunk all manner of myths, in particular those relating to the world of animals.

The Prophecy of the Popes (15th Century)

- June 19, 2014 in pope, prophecy, Religion

Selection of gloriously surreal 15th-century miniatures depicting the Prophecy of the Popes.