Religion

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

Will Jesus Be Portrayed as Homosexual in an Upcoming Film? Long-standing false rumor holds that Jesus and His disciples will be portrayed as homosexual in...
    False
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Petition to Ban Religious Broadcasting Are atheists petitioning the FCC to ban religious broadcasting?
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Did an Atheist Professor Test God by Dropping a Breakable Object? Multiple versions of the tale go back as far as the 1920s, involving the failure...
    Legend
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The Origins of ‘Watch Night’ Did Watch Night church services begin in 1862 with blacks awaiting the enactment of the...
    False
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Is Kosher Food Certification a ‘Jewish Scam’? The presence of certain symbols on a variety of food products does not indicate that...
    False
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Is a Deceased Pope Tapped with a Silver Hammer to Verify He’s Dead? Legend holds that part of the process of determining that a pope has died is...
    Unproven
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Was the Weight of a Human Soul Determined to Be 21 Grams? No credence should be given to the notion that experiments intended to measure the weight...
    Mixture
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Quran 9:11 Does Quranic verse 9:11 speak of the 'wrath of the Eagle cleansing the lands of...
    False
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Heeding the Call Did a man contemplating suicide receive a phone call from Almighty God?
    Legend
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Amazing Grace Was 'Amazing Grace' penned by a slave trader?
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Three Wise Men Does the Bible say that three wise men visited Jesus in a stable?
    False
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Do Orthodox Jews Have Marital Relations Through a Hole in a Sheet? Let's fact-check that.
    False
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