Modern Relics

Rohan Salmond
Artefacts found at the crossroads of religion, popular culture and the internet.
Created 23 May 2021
  • Star Wars doesn't have a space Jesus
    21 Jun 2022 1 1
    I think I’ve managed to squeeze in a few more memes this week while still doing a bit of an essay about Star Wars. I’ve also included a short reflection on making stuff on platforms that encourage cer...
  • Is Disney a religion?
    16 Jun 2022
    Betteridge’s law of headlines says the answer to both the above questions is no, but bear with me. Apparently writing a mini essay and scattering it with links brings you to the Gmail data limit quick...
  • Pride is not a sin this month
    07 Jun 2022
    I was chatting with a friend on the weekend who said he likes to read this newsletter but often has no idea what I’m talking about. And you know what? Fair. It’s always a bit of a balancing act to exp...
  • Mormon MomTok swingers are talk of the net
    03 Jun 2022
    You begin the ritual and you are asked for the secret word. Once correctly supplied, an array of symbols are displayed to you. You reach out, selecting a sigil of power. Something calls into the void,...
  • We've been going for a year
    25 May 2022 2 1
    Well, it’s been almost 12 months to the day since I started a newsletter about religion online. It’s true; nobody really asked for this, but I decided to do it anyway because I wished it existed for m...
  • Someone briefly made the Babylon Bee good
    19 May 2022 1 0
    If I’m not mistaken, this is the 50th edition of Modern Relics (not counting my placeholder post when I had COVID). Also next week will be the one-year anniversary of publishing weekly, with a small b...
  • The Vatican is doing NFTs for some reason
    11 May 2022 1 0
    Here in Australia it’s election time, and while election campaigns are frequently annoying, consider: At least the church in your area doesn’t elect its officials via a party political contest. That i...
  • Read this, watch this, listen to this
    04 May 2022 1 0
    Thanks to Fr Jim McDermott for giving me a shoutout in his newsletter — welcome to the new readers. Also, I now have another lovely quote to put on my about page! We are coming up to a year of writing...
  • They crucified Ironman
    27 Apr 2022 2 0
    Thanks to the skull for covering for me last week. My holiday was great, plus I got engaged. Also today I did a short interview for my colleague Karen about whether Twitter is still relevant. I talk a...
  • Theological texts as pulp sci-fi
    20 Apr 2022 1 0
    *bing bong* Hello, I am the saintly skull in the Modern Relics logo. I have been tasked with posting this edition of the newsletter on Rohan’s behalf because he is on holiday and didn’t feel like taki...
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