We've all seen images of saints and martyrs who rise above their torments, but is it really possible to find transcendence on the rack?
In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I look into the connections between physical pain and religious experience. Are our tales of smiling martyrs merely fictions, or do they reveal inspiring and troubling properties of the human mind?
We'll run through a number of gory examples of transcendent martyrs, but we managed to leave off Saint Denis in Paris, pictured in this post. According to tradition, after the saint was beheaded, he picked up his own severed head and walked for six miles, preaching the whole way.
Listen to it right here.