My Brain on the Internet: The Decline of Hell, Trashing Art, The Naked Cowboy Does Church, and Jan Crouch Died

National Geographic has an article about the demise of hell. “Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans who believe in the fiery down under has dropped from 71 percent to 58 percent.” Belief in heaven is still very high, however. This is consistent with Christians overall ability to disregard anything negative in the Bible and yet fully support anything positive. In the end, what you believe to be real, determines absolutely nothing about what is real.


A new janitor at an art museum accidentally threw away a piece of modern art! The display, involving trash, was mistakenly identified as well, trash, and thrown out. Apparently the artist does not find humor in this, which seems about right. Being in janitorial services for about 10 years of my life, I say we hand over more of the world’s decision making to janitors. Lots of stuff needs cleaning up out there.


Hillsong Church in New York City recently had a women’s conference where a guy posing as “The Naked Cowboy” performed for the women. The Naked Cowboy is a New York street performer who, wearing briefs, a cowboy hat, and cowboy boots, appears to be naked behind his guitar. There was obvious concern expressed by many in the church. Well, apparently The Naked Cowboy is also concerned. First, he cites a trademark violation, that no one at Hillsong asked permission to borrow his trademarked shtick. Second, get this, this is unreal: in an official statement, The Naked Cowboy revealed that he is an ordained minister! He is outraged by this as well. His statement said, as “an Ordained Minister would NEVER attend church in the house of the Lord in his Trade Dress and is EXTREMELY offended by this activity due to his deep Christian beliefs and respect for the process of gathering in the name of Jesus Christ and in the presence of God to worship and praise the Holy Father.” O dear Lord, come quickly.


Trinity Broadcasting Network co founder, Jan Crouch, has died from a severe stroke. Even faith-healers die. She is currently giving an account for every deed done in the body, whether good or bad. crouch

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