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On the Adulteration of Japan’s Oldest Religion

Michael Hoffman writes: Primitive Shinto is one of the loveliest religions in the world. It’s beautiful in its simplicity — defenseless too, as it proved, against the nativists and nationalists who warped it into 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century [...]

Japan’s first Christmas

The first Noel, the Jesuits in Yamaguchi did say, was a 16th-century celebration in a converted Buddhist temple with midnight hymns. Joji Sakurai writes: In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of [...]

Writing China: The Return of Chinese Soul-Seaching

Ian Johnson on his new book, ‘The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao’ Te-Ping Chen writes: In parks scattered across Chinese cities are millions of brightly colored exercise machines, popular among the elderly. Ian [...]

‘Robot Rescue’: Last Supper Parody

We just found a fantastic new addition to our collection of The Last Supper parodies. Entitled Robot Rescue, this version depicts the iconic meal taking place in a pastoral setting. Floating robot eyes and an alien invasion seem to be [...]

Suspect Plotted to Kill Pamela Geller

‘Draw Mohammed’ organizer target of Boston terror plot (CNN) Ray Sanchez, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz report:  Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was [...]