The Ladder That Pretty Much Only Jesus Can Move

Christianity was unusually unified at the time the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built, but things have been falling apart (literally and figuratively) ever since then.

The Flagpole-Sitting, Maggot-Infested Saint of the Desert

Protip: when you’re too pious for monks, it might be time to dial it back a bit.

The Holiest City on Earth (Will Drive You LITERALLY INSANE)

A lot of dumb things have happened in Church history and in the Bible—and it’s through the dumb stuff that God is at work.

The Children’s Crusade: Y’know, for Kids!

Nicholas led his followers through the Alps, because when you’re leading a bunch of 12-year-olds, you obviously go full Hannibal.

The Advent of the Drive-In Church, Which Was Not at All Ridiculous and Definitely Needed to Be a Thing

Please understand that when I call drive-in theaters one of the worst ideas of all time, I’m speaking from direct experience.

The Guy Who Just Decided He Was Pope

If you’re wondering how someone can just declare himself pope, keep in mind that things in the church were way less formal back then.

The Saint Who Rolled with the Pigs

Since I’m not a historian, I’m going to tell you about the weird, possibly legendary, and super awkward stuff this guy did.

The History of Pews Is Just as Terrible and Embarrassing as You’d Imagine

Despite the advent of stadium-style seating and auditorium-like worship halls, the simple, ancient pew endures.

A Brief History of Snake Handling, in Case the Common Communion Cup Isn’t Enough of a Health Hazard for You

The story goes that Hensley wandered out into the wilderness to seek God’s will, which he was pretty sure would involve snakes.

How Seventh-Day Adventists Convinced You to Eat Breakfast Cereal

We devote huge amounts of time and energy guilting each other over what we eat.

That Time the Church Had One Pope, and Then Two Popes, and Then Three Popes

With multiple popes in play, the people could freely listen to whichever pope was convenient for them at the time, sort of like national church-shopping.

The Crusaders Who Missed the Holy Land by a Couple Thousand Miles

The Crusades began with the medieval equivalent of drunk-texting an ex.

The Crumbling Chicken Church in Java

What does it mean when God gives you a dream—and then the dream dies?

The Christian Relic Nobody Wants to Talk About

The people of Calcata continued to parade through the streets with the prepuce every January 1 almost until Return of the Jedi hit theaters.

The Fake Kidnapping Scandal That Almost Destroyed a Megachurch Pioneer

It turns out church scandals and culture wars weren’t invented last week.

The LEGO Batman Movie as a Picture of Family

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman’s fears for his for friends’ and family’s safety prompt him to change, to acknowledge his need for them.