The Satanic Temple is searching for a new home for its 9 foot Baphomet monument that was originally crafted to stand alongside a Ten Commandments statue on Oklahoma's capitol grounds after both were barred from the area by a state Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.
The 9 foot Baphoment monument weighs around a ton and was described as a "sculptural masterpiece" by the satanic group that originally aimed to place it next to the Ten Commandments monument to "promote a pluralistic society."
The state's Supreme Court ruled that public property could not be used to promote any religion, which resulted in the removal of the biblical statue and the barring of the Baphoment monument. more >>
The Satanic Temple is selling tickets "for a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery" to mark the official unveiling of its Baphomet monument next month in Detroit, Michigan. Organizers are also offering guests an "exclusive opportunity" to have their photo taken while seated on the pagan idol.
"Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making," reads the description from The Satanic Temple about it's "hedonistic celebration" dubbed "The Unveiling."
"Weighing 1 ton and towering at nearly 9 feet tall, the bronze statue is not only an unparalleled artistic triumph, but stands as a testament to plurality and the power of collective action," the description adds. more >>
A Baptist theologian, who's spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in "Mormonism" that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.
Although many evangelical critics belonging to mainline Christian denominations view the LDS Church as less-than-Christian, Roger Olson, who's a theology professor at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, wrote in a recent blog post on Patheos.com that through his studies of the Mormon faith and discussion with various LDS leaders, "there is no doubt" in his mind that there is a "discernible" evolution of Mormonism that is leading it to a "more biblical" account of Jesus and salvation.
"There is no doubt in my mind that something is going on in the LDS Church and Mormonism, in general, that constitutes a gradual but discernible shift away from those doctrines most anti-Mormon Christian critics like to highlight toward a somewhat more biblical and even evangelical account of Christ and salvation," Olson, who's also a Baptist minister, wrote. more >>
Four people broke into a historic Minnesota church in an attempt to search for ghosts on the property, according to local police.
Three men and one woman were arrested around 2 a.m. Sunday attempting to break into Ness Lutheran Church of Litchfield, located in Meeker County.
Actress Leah Remini has opened up about her time inside the Church of Scientology as well as her decision to leave the organization along with the rest of her family. Remini recently said that it has taken her two years to heal after leaving and that it's something she still struggles with.
"Our decision to leave the organization — it's not just something you get over. It's people and a lifestyle you've known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there's a lot of pain connected to it, there's a lot of healing," Remini said during an appearance on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" series.
The actress and her sister were raised in the organization, as their mother was a faithful member who spent a great deal of time working within the structure. Remini explained that she saw very little of her mother because the church required so much. And it was that pattern she saw repeating itself in her own relationship with her daughter that led her to decide to leave. more >>
Skulls, triangle-shaped hand signs sometimes depicting the all-seeing eye of Egyptian god Horus and other symbolic gestures which many conspiracy theorists interpret as occult imagery, have been showing up in the music videos and artwork of prominent Christian artists such as Toby Mac, Lecrae and Andy Mineo, and fans are concerned that they might be affiliated with a secret society popularly known as the Illuminati — a shadow group they believe runs the world behind closed doors.
Lecrae triggered a frenzy online among Christian fans last month when he posed the triangular hand sign in KB's "Sideways" music video that resembled Jay Z's infamous Roc gesture. Conspiracy theorists such as YouTube's The Vigilant Christian say this is a Freemason and occult hand signal and some fans say Lecrae has connections to the dark side.
"Why is Lecrae throwing that kinda symbolism???? @ 2:32. This is no coincidence anymore [because] he did the same thing in his album 'Anomaly,'" said Bax Storm in the YouTube comments section for "Sideways." "All these symbols are believed to be of satanism which they are. I'm not hating on Lecrae. I'm just concerned." more >>