The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is building the world’s tallest temple in Vrindavan, India. Named the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, the skyscraper temple will be one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Upon completion, the temple will stand 210 meters (700 feet) tall and include a built-up area of 540,000 square feet.
Religion always has, and continues to play a markedly important role in our lives. It’s influence has not only been spiritual and social, but to quite a great extent, martial as well. These sculptures by artist Al Farrow represent places of worship built out of ammunition and weapons. Morbid as it may be, the work brings out the connection between religion and war that seems so very entangled.
Loyalty people show towards brands can be amazing. And it seems their religious devotion to brands may be a lot more literal. In a BBC documentary Secrets of the Superbrands, scientists worked to find the effects of brands on the brain. Alex Brooks, an Apple superfan, underwent an MRI scan so scientists could see his brain’s reaction to photographs of Apple products.
Human history is fraught with wars based on one premise or the other, but nothing quite awakes the same passions as religion. San Francisco artist Al Farrow creates religious sites, Mosques, Churches and Synagogues out of ammunitions and firearms. Interesting stuff, and it is almost surprising how the artist makes weapons into such “sacred” religious places.
There’s a new religion in the world, and it holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols. A group of self-confessed radical pirates in Sweden are attempting to found a new religion, that supports the free flow of information and files. Missionary Kopimistsamfundet – The Missionary Church of Kopimism has been founded by 19-year-old philosophy student Isaac Gerson, with the basic principle that copying and sharing of information is the most beautiful thing in the world. Of course, the “religion” has other tenets as well and they’re all based in some sort on file sharing. We guess ThePirateBay would be something of a patron saint or prophet for the new religion that awaits official recognition from authorities.
The Creation Museum has announced plans to build a full scale wooden replica of the Noah’s ark. Building the ark will cost an estimated $24.5 million, and the organization is soliciting for online donations for the project. Answers in Genesis, who built and operate the museum, and are now building the ark, expect that the ark will attract nearly 1.6 million visitors every year.
Hey folks, here’s a nice piece of trivia for you: Homer Simpson is a true Catholic. That’s what the Vatican says, and if he’s good enough for them, I guess he really is a “true” Catholic. The Vatican’s official newspaper acknowledged that Homer sleeps through sermons and troubles his evangelical neighbors, but “The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes.” That the family says prayers before dinner got them brownie points.