Pope Francis Set to Release a Rock/Pop Album: Listen to the First Single

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That’s right, I said it. In November, the Pope will officially release a rock/pop album called Pope Francis: Wake Up! (which you can already pre-order on iTunes). And below, you can hear the first single, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” It’s one of 11 tracks.


Tolstoy and Gandhi Exchange Letters: Two Thinkers’ Quest for Gentleness, Humility & Love (1909)

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Some of the most rigorous moral thinkers of the past century have spent time on the wrong side of questions they deemed of vital importance.


A Day in the Life of Zen Monk Leonard Cohen: A 1996 Documentary

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, “Where are you going – in the deepest sense of the word?” you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here.


How Leonard Cohen’s Stint As a Buddhist Monk Can Help You Live an Enlightened Life

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There is a certain kind of thinking that the Buddha called “monkey mind,” a state in which our nervous habits become compulsions, hauling us around this way and that, forcing us to jump and shriek at every sound. It was exactly this neurotic state of mind that Leonard Cohen sought to quell when in 1994 he joined Mt.


Alan Watts Explains Why Death is an Art, Adventure and Creative Act

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Many of us in the West live in some of the most fragmented religious landscapes in the world, but in the midst of deepening levels of conflict over policies of birth and death, these two issues that divide us also join us together.


3D Printed Zoetrope Animates Rubens’ Famous Painting, “The Massacre of the Innocents”

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In the 17th century, the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens painted “The Massacre of the Innocents” (see below), an artistic depiction of a very brief Biblical passage in The Gospel of Matthew.


Enter the Church of the SubGenius, the Parody Religion Backed by R. Crumb, David Byrne & Other Alt-Icons

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You may not know much about the Church of the SubGenius, but you’ve definitely seen its prophet. The intensively groomed, Ward Cleaveresque J. R. “Bob” Dobbs (below) began as a humble piece of 1950s clip art and went on to become “a way of life to millions… yet half of them don’t even know it.


Watch The Hitch: An Indie-Documentary on The Life & Times of Christopher Hitchens

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A quick note: Kristoffer Seland Hellesmark was looking for a documentary on Christopher Hitchens to watch, but could never find one.


Christopher Hitchens Revises the 10 Commandments for the 21st Century

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Christopher Hitchens was there, railing against religion and war criminals one minute, and the next, it seems, he was gone, a victim to esophageal cancer in 2011. In the 2010 video above, Hitchens takes on one of the hoariest precepts of the Bible (and the Torah) and reimagines an updated, secular version.


Students Tells the Passover Story with a Rube Goldberg Machine

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Passover starts this Friday. And you might ask: why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? Because this Passover is getting ushered in by a Rube Goldberg Machine that tells highlights of the Passover story.


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