christianity

Baby Jesus and the Homunculus

We’ve all marveled at the grotesque, oddly-proportioned old man babies in medieval art -- but why did artists of the period pain such creatures? In this special Christmas episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the convergence of the homunculus theory of human reproduction, the nativity and the infants of medieval and renaissance art.

Adam C. English Reveals the Historic Saint Nick

Robert Lamb chats with Adam C. English, Chair of the Department of Christian Studies at Campbell University and author of 'The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.'

Art Spotlight: The Soul of Judas

Self-Flagellation: Justice, Forgiveness and Pain

Is there room for God on a space mission?

Science continues to alter the shape of religious belief, so how does devotion to a god change in orbit? Would long-distance space travel require the use of on-ship burial plots for Jewish or Muslim astronauts? And what happens if the Christian rapture or some comparable end-of-days event were to occur while you're in space? Certainly, these are far from pressing theological or scientific concerns, but the topic of religious belief in space continues to pop up. Here are some quick examples in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: