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A familiar aspect of many religions is the use of narratives such as parables and fables to teach and reinforce moral attitudes and religious principles in forms easy to assimilate and remember. Likewise, urban legends are narratives often used to spread and reaffirm societal mores and beliefs, and since much of our moral code is mirrored in religion, the world of parables and urban legendry frequently intersect.
All stories teach us something, and promise us something, whether they're true or invented, legend or fact. — Stewart O'Nan
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NASA scientists discovered a lost day in time.
Atheist professor challenges God to keep a piece of chalk from breaking.
Son discovers wealth secreted in a spurned Bible.
Alabama redefined the value of pi to 3 to bring it in line with Biblical precepts.
Scientists drilling in Siberia punch through to Hell.
A group known as 'The Second Coming Project' is seeking to clone Jesus from the DNA of holy relics.
You must sign a petition to stop Jesus from being portrayed as a homosexual in an upcoming film. *
Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair is circulating a petition to have religious broadcasting banned from American airwaves. *
John Michael Montgomery's song " The Little Girl" is based on a true story. *
St. Chad is the patron saint of disputed elections.
John Wayne was brought to Jesus thanks to a note from an evangelist's injured teenage daughter. *
The red dot on a Hindu woman's forehead is nothing more than an indicator of her marital status.
Having survived a horrific storm, a slave trader promptly gave up his livelihood, became a Christian, and penned the hymn ' Amazing Grace' in thanksgiving.
Woman dies leaping through her car's sunroof when events conspire to convince her Jesus has returned.
Man contemplating suicide receives a phone call from
Orthodox Jews have marital relations through a hole in a sheet.
By proclamation of Governor George W. Bush, 10 June 2000 was ' ' in Texas.
A Saudi Arabian newspaper ran an article claiming that Jews use the blood of Christians and Muslims in foods created to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Certain symbols displayed on the packaging of a variety of grocery items signify that their manufacturers have paid a secret tax to the Jews. *
Billy Graham and John Wayne had a hand in the creation of the song " It Is No Secret."
Teen dies in car crash with dashboard-mounted plastic Jesus in her heart.
Quranic verse speaks of the "wrath of the Eagle cleansing the lands of Allah." *
Lightning strikes a church during a sermon after preacher identifies thunder as the voice of God.
A physician once placed dying patients upon a scale in order to measure the weight of the human soul.
While a student, Albert Einstein humiliated an atheist professor by using the "Evil is the absence of God" argument on him.
The practice of raising a finger when leaving the Sanctuary originated with slaves signaling they'd received permission from their masters to absent themselves.
Not permitted to celebrate Christmas in Meulaboh, Christians gathered on a high hill nearby and thus were spared when the tsunami wiped out the city.
Part of the process of determining that a Pope has died call for him to be tapped on the forehead with a silver hammer.
Airlines will not pair Christian pilots and co-pilots out of fear that The Rapture will snatch away both crewmembers capable of landing the flight.
The exclamation ' Holy Smoke' derives from the burning of the ballots used to elect a Pope. *
In response to the death of his wife and child, the famous jazz band leader Tommy Dorsey wrote . Precious Lord *
Watch Night church services began in 1862 with blacks awaiting the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. *
Folks attempt to avoid handling amounts totaling $6.66.
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