KtB Religion News Roundup

The AV Club reports that, what with Captain America taking over the box office from Noah, comic books have reasserted themselves as “America’s favorite religion.” Let’s look at the numbers: apparently there are 24 million self-identified comic fans in the U.S.  Number of registered Catholics? 69,436,660.

Clare O’Connor writes in Forbes about how some companies leave little clues about God in unexpected places. Clothing store Forever 21, for example, prints “John 3:16” on the bottom of its shopping bags. Apparently John 3:16 is “the Bible in a nutshell.” All I know is that if someone asked me for a biblical citation for packaging I’d be like “Uh…Deuteronomy something?  Saul/Paul chapter eleventy-two? Oh I know. John 3:16!” Because of the Rainbow Man.

rainbow man

Don’t miss self-described “none” Hoai-Tran Bui’s lyrical exploration of having no religion. Bui, who was exposed to both Catholicism and Buddhism as a child, is one of those under-30s with no religious affiliation. This stopped me in my tracks: “My spirit—if such a thing exists —does not yearn.” No yearning spirit? She must feel so impossibly free.

Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.