Modern Relics

Rohan Salmond
Religion and popular culture, one digital artefact at a time.
Created 23 May 2021
  • Did NASA really hire 24 theologians?
    29 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    I know I said that the previous edition would be the last for the year, but I’m more or less stuck at home while COVID ravages Sydney and also I legitimately do actually do this for fun. So here we go...
  • How Pagan is Christmas, really?
    24 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    It’s Christmas Eve! And this will likely be the last edition of Modern Relics for 2021. Sorry for the delay in publishing again - my Christmas with my partner’s family got cancelled for COVID reasons ...
  • Science specialists and religion specialists
    16 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Sorry for the late edition - as I said, things are getting a little chaotic in silly season. This one is a little different from usual, because I’ve written a kind-of opinion piece about science speci...
  • Illustrating the Bible with AI
    07 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    We’re well and truly into December and things are getting a bit chaotic as we enter silly season. It means there may be interruptions to your usual Relics schedule (or early editions, like this one!),...
  • Kronk is Jewish and Wolverine is Christian
    01 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Friends, this week’s edition of Relics is less in-depth than normal. It’s my boyfriend’s birthday today and this evening we are going to eat dinner together and celebrate. I will quickly mention that ...
  • Warhammer 40K’s grimdark Nazi problem
    24 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    This week Modern Relics got a writeup in Insights magazine, a publication run by the Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT. Editor Jonathan Foye asked me how this newsletter came about and my thought proc...
  • The origins of the 'Christian Dark Ages' chart
    17 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Can you believe I’ve been doing this newsletter for six months already? Thank you so much for reading - putting Modern Relics together every week has been a joy! Last week I mentioned I delivered a se...
  • You can own a saint's house
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Quick announcement to begin, this Sunday I am preaching at my church, Leichhardt Uniting. It’ll be streamed on the LUC Facebook page from 10am Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Again, don’t forget abo...
  • It's not Halloween, it's Reformation Day
    03 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    This week’s edition of Modern Relics is very ~~~spoookyyyyy~~~ I hope you are ok with jump scares because I never am! J.R.R. Jokin' @joshcarlosjosh Church, this needs to stop 😂 November 1st 202142 Re...
  • Did God invent Flamin' Hot Cheetos?
    27 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Thanks to everyone who joined the Modern Relics Discord so far. It’s been really great! I’ve enjoyed the conversation and I invite you to join in. Things have been extremely busy for me at work and po...
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