December 14th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Jesus toasters selling briskly

By Steve Walsh, CNN

(CNN)–From telephone poles, to store receipts to a cheesy snack, people have claimed to see the image of Jesus Christ in all sorts of unconventional places.

Others have drawn divine inspiration from what they believe is the face of the Son of God on their morning toast. A miracle? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just toast.

This holiday season, Galen Dively, a Vermont entrepreneur, is capitalizing on the hunger for Jesus crust.

For $31.95, you don’t have to wait for a miracle to see Jesus on your daily bread. Look no further than the Jesus Toaster.

Dively’s company, Burnt Impressions, also offers toasters that imprint images of the Virgin Mary, peace signs and pot leaves among others.

Dively tells CNN affiliate WCAX right now, he’s selling 50 to 100 Jesus toasters every day.

What do you think? All in good fun? Marketing gone amok? Leave your comments below.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Christmas • Food

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  1. JG

    So the freaky Christians don't have a problem EATING JESUS but they have a problem with evolution and gay people.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      Because we christian hold the value of family and life.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • JG

      I don't believe in your silly magical super being. However....I value life very highly. I teach biology. Just today, during a class room rat dissection I spent 5 minutes explaining that the rats died against their will so we can learn. And that they needed to be respected as living beings and not desecrated.
      And I come from a family who has raised natural and adopted children. We all went to college. Young ones entering college now. NONE OF US BELIEVE IN MAGICAL SUPER BEINGS. Your argument is just stupid.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      The truth is you don't have to believe, there is a point of creation where the even top notch physicist have to admit that that point is where god exist. Its were you came from.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • JG

      The "point of creation" is nothing lthan a philosophical or theoretical argument that has nothing to do with the anything. The process by which life spreads and adapts to a changing and hostile universe is evolution. Period. It is fact. As for how it started.....we are talking about something that happened between 4 and 14 billion years ago. Who cares? You certainly don't know what happened. Neither does anyone who ever lived or walked the face of this planet. Sure...it makes for great heated arguments....but totally pointless ones.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      The choice is yours. Just so you know, the only unforgiveable sin in the Bible's own word, is to disown God! Good luck.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  2. Travis

    It always puzzled me that people assume that Iesus looked anything like his contemporary depiction. Anyone recall hair like sheep and feet the color of fired bronze (e.g. very dark brown)... Iesus looked nothing like the hippie on this toast and more like 1970's black panther. If the image on this toast had an afro THEN I'd buy it!!! Keep it real people.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Rob

      Yeah right... I suppose YOU know what Jesus looked like... whatever...

      December 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • JG

      I understand you quote scripture....but look at the people who live in and around the areas of the historic Jesus. None have afros or hair like sheep.
      They have medium dark skin, prominent noses, black or brown eyes, and black, mostly straight hair. Do you think there was some sort of strange migration of black people into the middle east 2,000 years ago, they gave birth to Jesus, and then fled back south? Really?

      December 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Travis

      Yo dumb-a$$. I am simply referring to what it says in the bible. Interesting though that you seem to care not what Iesus looked like until I mentioned something contrary to European depictions. (exposed)

      "Rob – Yeah right... I suppose YOU know what Jesus looked like... whatever..."

      What I do know is that every contemporary depiction totally disregards his description in the bible.... buy a clue.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  3. Rob

    How ridiculous can you get? This is unbelievably stupid. People who buy this garbage also have the right to vote... Imagine that.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Jimbo

      I disagree, this is hilarious. It would be perfect to buy it and pull 'the switch the toaster move' on some gullible evangelical and see how they react!

      December 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  4. The Flamingo Kid


    December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      Why do you act like you know more than 2 millennia of faith and knowledge? We were here before you and we laid the foundation of the many things you held true to your life.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Fubar

      please don't .... Its just a funny story

      December 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  5. Steve

    Brilliant, why didn't I think of this...

    December 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  6. The Flamingo Kid


    December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Because nothing says true American like exploiting Jesus to make quick cash.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  8. The Flamingo Kid

    BNB42: GOD has a problem with BOTH and so do I.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • BNB42

      Which God is that again? There are so many....

      And if he has a problem with it let him tell me... Not you.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      Visit catholicscomehome.org – stop looking for your church and look past the human mistakes that all religion has.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • JG

      It was the sun god Ra. No...the jewish god Yaweh. No...wait...it was the god of eternal life and rising from the dead Jesus......no...wait...it was the hindu god Shiva. Or Brahma.
      No...It was the inherent good and evil present in all men. Oh wait...that one was right.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  9. rachbell

    Stupid consumerism. Look at a sunrise and you'll be reminded of god.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • JG

      Sunrises remind me that we circle a star. And they are pretty. Best seen from mountain tops with hot coffee.
      But I never felt a need to inject any sort of magical super being into mix.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  10. Davespock

    I think I am going to be sick. I have been talking about this idea for over 10 years but never actually thought it would amount to anything. Should have jumped on that puppy.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  11. Clifford S

    Very Disrespectful, bet they wouldnt make a Mohamed Toaster would they?

    December 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Colin

      They did. You plug it in and it blows up and decapitates your wife.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • David

      I can just as easily say your religion’s beliefs disrespect me but you’re too selfish to get that. Narrow minds . . . that’s what the rest of us have to put up with.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • JG

      Colin's post is best I have seen in quite some time.
      I am a liberal and not a hater. But that was darn funny.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  12. Christian Faith

    I think that anything that is not belittling that can promote our remembrance of Jesus is just fine. The spirit of Jesus Christ is alive in the hearts of many of us, and I would be happy to see his image on a piece of Jelly toast each and every morning. Nevertheless, this item will not be on my must-have list, either now or later. 😉

    December 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • rachbell

      It's supid consumerism. You only need to view a sunrise or a sunset and you'll be reminded of God.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  13. Byrd

    Sometimes toast is just toast, but if I ever catch him, I'll apply the jam with a pitchfork.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  14. Kathryn

    I wouldn't buy one. I wouldn't support a company that sells a product that promotes both Jesus Christ and an illegal substance. It is very tasteless, no pun intended!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Jane

      You clearly aren't part of the Catholic company.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  15. The Flamingo Kid



    December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • BNB42

      But you still haven't answer the question... Do you have a problem with Immoral people or Blasphemers?

      (nice Caps Lock by the way... Way to make your point!)

      December 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • ArmorOfGod

      Absolutely right, just the erring priest and the church that cared for them. Not the catholic faith... please visit catholicscomehome.org. Welcome back!

      December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  16. Rev. Schaeffer

    I think it's all in good fun. At least it's more tasteful than the dispenser with toilet paper coming out of a butt. Holiday blessings to you all.. in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Toast.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Colin

    I am god, and I have a great idea. I will create a Universe. I will then wait10,000,000,000 years for the Earth to form. Then I’ll wait another 3,700,000,000 years for h.o.mo sapiens to gradually evolve, then, at some point I’ll give them eternal life and a soul (pity the generation before that just missed out, by the way).

    I will then wait another few hundred thousand years. Then, I will impregnate a virgin with myself, so I can give birth to myself and sacrifice myself to myself to negate a rule I myself made and forgive an “original sin” everybody with a fifth grade biology education now accepts didn’t happen.

    While on Earth, I will exhibit no knowledge of ANYTHING outside of the Iron Age Middle East, including the other continents, 99% of the human race, and the aforementioned galaxies.

    Now, and here’s the best part. Despite having hidden all evidence of my existence, and despite the obvious nonsense of this belief, I will burn any human who draws the perfectly natural and reasonable conclusion that I do not exist for all eternity. And I love them.

    Hmmm, to think that people are abandoning Christianity in droves….

    December 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      They aren't , but it is good to hear what a real idiot has to say.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Colin

      Oh, I don't know Alfred, a 17% drop over the past twenty years isn't exactly positive growth. Let's face it, we're outgrowing our sky-fairies. The millenials in particular are too well read (due in large part to the internet) to believe in Bronze Age Middle eastern mythologoy.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Captain Balzac

      I love banannas

      December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • God 2

      I Agree with you GOD 1

      December 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Floyd E Shreve

      Well shoot when you put it like that!

      But honestly, well stated.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • JN

      Yet thousands of people more intelligent and rational than most millenials outgrowing their sky-fairies believed the story you grossly misrepresented. Just saying that maybe we should take an accurate look at history instead of believing everything we read on the internet.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Colin

      Really JN, and what did I misrepresent about christianity?

      December 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  18. Leland3744

    How else is Tim Tebow supposed to eat his toast?

    December 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  19. LRafinan

    Why do christians overlook such a transgression..

    December 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  20. Ancient Curse

    Jesus toast is the best toast for French Onion Soup: It always stays on top. Try and sink it - you can't!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Bobby


      December 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
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