Archive for the 'Religious Frauds'

A Christian Fraud Returns

When I was a Christian as a teenager in the early 80s, Mike Warnke was a big star in that world. He was a stand up comic who claimed to be a former Satanic high priest, but a few years later he was shown to be a fraud by a pair of Christian journalists. But it seems he’s now making a comeback, with a little help from Rick Joyner. Read more

The Wondrous Stories of Faith Healing

I’ve always been fascinated by faith healing. It relies on such obviously transparent shams that it’s a bit astonishing to me that people believe it, but I know enough about human psychology to know why those shams work. The BBC has an article about the resurgence of faith healing. Read more

Indiana Megachurch in Foreclosure

I remember seeing Steve Munsey on the Trinity Broadcasting Network many times. Munsey is the past of the massive Family Christian Center in Indiana, one of the largest megachurches in the country (18,000 members), and they always brought him on TBN when they were begging for money because he delivered the best shouty, fraudulent prosperity gospel rants to get the cash flowing in. Sarah Posner provides an example of what I saw many times: Read more

The Shroud of Turin and Credible Journalism

Joel Achenbach has a column at the Washington Post about the media coverage of that ridiculous claim that the Shroud of Turin is real because a massive earthquake (that never happened) released neutron radiation when Jesus died. His criticisms are spot on. Read more

A Bizarre New Claim on the Shroud of Turin

Sharon Hill reports on a bizarre new “theory” from some Italian researchers that the Shroud of Turin may be real because there might have been an earthquake and that earthquake might have released neutrons and those neutrons might have been capable of creating such imprints. The Telegraph has the details: Read more