How the Founder of American Evangelicalism Was Felled by Dirty Magazines

In the end, it wasn’t being at odds with his board of elders that brought Jonathan Edwards down—it was dirty magazines. Because, isn’t it always dirty magazines?

The Bizarre Reason Michelangelo’s Moses Has Horns

For several centuries, if you wanted to make sure the viewer knew you were sculpting Moses, you gave him horns. Weird, right?

The Saint Who Got Barbecued Alive

St. Lawrence was literally barbecued to death. And then the Catholic Church made him patron saint of chefs, presumably to rub it in.

No, Christmas Isn’t Secretly Pagan: A Very Merry D-List Saints Christmas Special (For the Whole Family)

The point is, it’s Christmas (or actually Advent, but since no one seems to understand the difference between Christmas and Advent, whatevs, call it Christmas if you want, sure)!

The Church Father Who Cut off His Junk

Jesus’ solution to your own sinful tendencies isn’t presented as inconveniencing, insulting, or harming the people around you—it’s presented as handicapping yourself.

That Time the World Didn’t End in 1844

Miller predicted Christ’s return based on all that stuff in Daniel about “time, times and half a time” that everyone pretends to understand but doesn’t.

The Only Reason You Drink Coffee Is Because 400 Years Ago a Pope Baptized Some Beans

Coffee culture is weird, you guys.

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.