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January 27th, 2014
12:40 PM ET

Angry birds! Pope's peace doves attacked

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) Talk about your angry birds.

A crow and a seagull attacked two white doves released by children standing next to Pope Francis on Sunday at St. Peter's Square. The birds of prey swooped down after the "peace" doves flew from the open window in the Apostolic Palace.

One dove broke free from the gull, after losing a few feathers in the fray. A crow pecked the other before both doves escaped and flew away. Their ultimate fate is unknown.

Thankfully, the Pope and children had walked away before the fly-by birding.

Doves as Judeo-Christian symbols of peace date back to biblical times. In the Book of Genesis, a dove returns to the ark-maker Noah with an olive branch, letting him know that the flood had receded.

In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit descends "like a dove" on Jesus after his baptism, according to the Gospel of Matthew. Centuries of Christian art thereafter have use doves to symbolize the third member of the Holy Trinity, along with God and Jesus.

Just before releasing the doves, the Pope had offered prayers for Ukraine, the site of pitched civil strife, and some say the dove-attack portends poorly for Eastern European nation.

Others took a more humorous approach.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis

soundoff (986 Responses)
  1. Science Works

    midwest rail – they (topher and gang) will not like that like – topher displayed already.

    Your link is the truth.

    January 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
    • Science Works

      Dang wrong spot.

      January 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Testing

    Birds of Prey attack Birds of Pray...............................

    January 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm |
  3. The Really Holy Vatican Office Of Avian Inquisitions

    On behalf of His Most Holy Holiness Pope Francis, we have been asked to clarify some shoddy reporting in the world press. The ceremony was not a releasing of peace doves but in fact the most holy liturgy of Cornix Dēpastio Aetas, which translates to Crow Feeding Time.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
  4. It figures

    Even in bird world if a random stranger doesn't like your religious affiliation they feel perfectly free to jump on you and chew off your butt.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm |
    • Righteo

      So you think those doves actually believed in Jesus? Okey dokey.

      January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
      • It figures

        Presumptuous aren't you? You want some whine to go with that chunk of my a**?

        January 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm |
        • Righteo

          Well, it's not like you were talking about religious affiliation in bird world or anything. Not at all. Not a bit. Nope.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
        • It figures

          Still chewing? You want a little mustard?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm |
        • Righteo

          I'm enjoying watching you implode into a foul-mouthed adolescent. Well done!

          January 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
        • It figures

          Keep chewing maybe the irony will sink in after a while.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      All birds are born atheist. And then stay that way because they don't have the cognitive reasoning or imagination to think up religions.

      January 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
      • It figures

        Oh no not the ultra literalist position. Here you can have a fork too.

        January 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm |
        • CommonSensed

          Your ability to detect sarcasm is as fail as your trolling. Have a nice day.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
        • It figures

          I think my trolling went pretty well. You responded. Twice.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm |
  5. nikadeamus jackson

    So much for peace in the world. hahaha Even the birds know this. lol

    January 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm |
  6. davida willette

    remember the movie omen. remember the crow in omen

    January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
    • Alias

      Crow Raven

      January 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm |
      • Alias

        Oops
        Crow or Raven?

        January 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      And then, one time…at crow band camp...

      January 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm |
  7. Wingsofeagles

    "leading to centuries of Christian art depicting doves as the third member of the Holy Trinity, along with God and Jesus." I think the author is trying to say that the Holy Spirit is often symbolized by a dove, not that doves are the third member of the Holy Trinity: The Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. Some could misunderstand and think Christians worship doves – wrong.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
    • stevie68a

      What's the difference? Worshipping doves or ghosts? It's all idiotic if you haven't been brainwashed as religious people
      have.

      January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
      • Happy Cappy

        I hold sacred the mighty capybara, he has no hang ups, no politics and he loves everyone. We could all learn from him.

        January 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
  8. Salero21

    Atheism is Total stupidity!!

    January 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
    • Alias

      I know!
      I'd much rather base my life on a book full of mistakes and logical failures!.

      January 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
    • jack

      Why, just because a seagull and a crow attacked the doves? Is this considered a sign from god or satan for you? Or can it be purely coincidence? Does the dove represent good and the crow and seagull represent evil? You better get ready for the apocalypse and get rid of all your stuff and go live in a hole in the ground because the %^$* is going to hit the fan...........

      January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm |
    • 12Sports

      Actually a lot of atheists are wising up about Richard Dawkins/Christopher Hitchens/Sam Harris and starting to head toward a more intelligent belief system.

      January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm |
      • R-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ght

        Sure they are.

        January 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm |
      • Happy Atheist

        I'd love to see that study... unless it's written on something you just pulled out of your ass of course which is what your statement smells of...

        January 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
        • Atheism getting better

          http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8885481/after-the-new-atheism/

          January 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
        • Righteo

          The Spectator? The right-wing British tabloid? I guess you didn't want to use a more credible news source like The Inquirer.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm |
        • Atheism is maturing and will leave dawkins behind

          http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2013/08/atheism-maturing-and-it-will-leave-richard-dawkins-behind

          January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
        • Wrongo

          You mean The National Enquirer?

          http://www.theinquirer.net/

          January 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm |
      • The Truth

        Are talking snakes involved?

        January 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
    • mdpla

      the doves symbolize the cook, the crow the sailor, the seagull Pi's mother, and the tiger is The Pope!

      January 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
    • The Truth

      Salero21 is Total stupidity!!

      January 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
  9. CoughCoughHack

    It seems that so many people still remain blinded by their story of redeeming love to see the truth of Jesus. He who lays in wait for innocent blood to consume the unborn, who visits iniquity from generation to generation as parents teach their children the worship of that which isn't God, but the deceiver of the world. You can say I am a fool, and I will say,then where are my stripes, You can say I'm accursed, and I will say, when did I do violence in the court of the temple, and when have I been hung. When did I entreat to any that I should ascend to heaven and mount up even to the stars. I did not. The crucifixion isn't the way to God, It is indeed the path to destruction, even as the pot boasts itself against the potter. You see the elect will wage war against that which is false, and your denomination shall be cast out. For man that is as a beast shall turn against one another, and those that worship his image shall be divided and destroyed. Pray if you must, but know this at least. The way of the Lord isn't hidden from all, and God does redeem the penitent soul, even to his right hand for the right one. It just isn't your guy. RIP

    January 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
  10. Ryan T

    It's the work of the devil! (religious sarcasm)

    January 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
  11. MadeFromDirt

    Silly. Trying to attach any spiritual significance to acts of creatures of the earth behaving instinctually is as foolish as trying to earn your way into heaven through ceremony. Instead of looking to creatures for a message from God, look instead to God's Word in Scripture.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
    • Madtown

      Where can I find God's writings? I'd love to read them.

      January 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm |
      • Happy Atheist

        Since the only things they claim God wrote, the stone tablets and for the Mormons some golden plates, were lost I would assume they they mean the words men wrote down that they accredit to God...

        January 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
    • Alias

      Is that te same scripture that said something about the earth being flat?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm |
      • Dawuud

        There is no scripture describing the world as flat. The world is described as a "sphere" in the book of Job (Yes, that was thousands of years ago).

        January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm |
        • Alias

          That is a discusion I'm not going into right now – but it also describes the world as being shaped like a coin.
          Satan took jesus up a mountan where they could see all the kingdoms of the earth.
          It also says the earth does not move.
          The ark story doesn't work fo rme either.
          Google what the bible says about curing diseases.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
        • Happy Atheist

          The Hebrew word is "Chug" which was a tool used to draw a circle. Most translation use the word "circle" as the Hebrew word would indicate. Any translation using the word "sphere" is not a literal translation and is taking liberties with the text.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
      • Atheist

        http://www.catholic.com/blog/jon-sorensen/how-to-answer-the-flat-earth-charge

        January 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
  12. clarkgee

    Replace the doves and use ravens or eagles, these ware God's other birds...

    January 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
  13. children of Israel

    These are the last days for Edomites. Whoever goes against the God of Jacob will be put to death! That's Christ family the chosen are from Jacob (Genesis 49:1-28)

    January 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
    • Alias

      Of course you know the Edomites are already gone?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
    • Salero21

      Did you meant to say sodomites or maybe sodo mites?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
      • Alias

        They meant Edomites.
        They were a nomadic poeple who used to attack the jews.
        They have been gone for a long time.

        January 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
  14. Smarter than ewe

    Flock paper scissors.

    January 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
  15. Science Works

    Topher and L4H the home schooling lesson that went .....?

    300,000-year-old hearth found: Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time
    Date:
    January 27, 2014
    Source:
    Weizmann Insti-tute of Science
    Summary:
    When did humans really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? Scientists discovered in the Qesem Cave, an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha'ayin, the earliest evidence - dating to around 300,000 years ago - of unequivocal repeated fire building over a continuous period. These findings help answer the question and hint that those prehistoric humans already had a highly advanced social structure and intellectual capacity.

    January 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
    • Topher

      Aside from the dates here, why should I care?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
      • midwest rail

        http://m.phys.org/_news165555744.html

        January 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
        • Topher

          Yawn

          January 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
        • Science Works

          Wow topher nice game plan for home school you mentioned earlier. Yawn ?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm |
        • Topher

          This has something to do with homeschooling?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
        • Science Works

          Up to date science lesson ?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm |
        • Topher

          People use fire is an up-to-date science lesson?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Topher. Use of fire sped up our evolution and the date is millenia before creationists generally claim that the universe was created.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • Topher

          I'm going to disregard the dates because I don't trust the dating methods.

          How does use of a tool altar our genetics? I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
        • Science Works

          Topher ?

          Humans, by most estimates, discovered fire over a million years ago. But when did they really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? That question - one which is central to the subject of the rise of human culture -

          http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140127101236.htm

          January 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
        • midwest rail

          Of course, Topher yawns over the fact that there are scientists who are also Christians who regard AIG and the creationist museum as embarrassments. Anything that challenges his narrow world view is disregarded, just like AIG.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
        • Topher

          I don't deny fire has been essential. I just reject the dates. 'Course, I'd rather teach kids how to make fire than when we might have started to use it. That's not knowledge that'll have much use in their lives.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
        • ME II

          The Bible?
          The bits about God aside, why should I care?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
        • Topher

          ME II

          Because what's more important than where you'll spend eternity?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm |
        • Science Works

          Wow topher one of most hotly debated topics and you do not want do KNOW?

          January 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm |
        • Topher

          Science Works

          Hotly debated doesn't necessarily mean interesting. It adds nothing to my life to know or not. Just not my subject, I guess.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher,
          "Because what's more important than where you'll spend eternity?"

          That's one of those bits about God. I just reject that.

          I'm curious, what is it about this particular dating that you determine is in error? Do you even know what dating method was used? or do you just reject all dtates > 10K years ago automatically?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm |
        • Science Works

          Wow topher- Flame on !

          January 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm |
        • Topher

          ME II

          @Topher,
          "Because what's more important than where you'll spend eternity?"

          "That's one of those bits about God. I just reject that."

          Fair enough.

          "I'm curious, what is it about this particular dating that you determine is in error? Do you even know what dating method was used?"

          That's one of the problems with these articles. They never tell you what method was used, so in all likely-hood it's just a presupposition.

          "or do you just reject all dtates > 10K years ago automatically?"

          I don't have any reason to believe it's any older than about 6,000. But I could be off.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher,
          "I don't have any reason to believe it's any older than about 6,000. But I could be off."

          Interesting. What evidence would you accept for dates older that 6K?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Topher
          "I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution."

          Evolution is confimed by scientific method – the same scientific method that brought you vaccines, DNA testing, satellite TV, internet, medicines, cars, air travel, GPS, etc. etc. all of which you use, some daily. Yet you prefer the imaginings of Bronze Age Middle Eastern nomads. Hard to believe such wilful ignorance in the 21st century.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm |
        • Science Works

          Topher what about old blues on the front page of CNN 7,000 years ?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
        • Topher

          ME II

          No idea. But it would have to be close to the 6000. I find the millions of years ludicrous.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
        • Topher

          In Santa we trust

          "Evolution is confimed by scientific method –"

          How is something that happened millions of years ago testable, repeatable and demonstrable? Evolution is not able to be any of those things in the scientific method.

          "the same scientific method that brought you vaccines, DNA testing, satellite TV, internet, medicines, cars, air travel, GPS, etc. etc. all of which you use, some daily."

          None of which requires evolution to be true. It's observational science ... which IS testable, repeatable and demonstrable.

          "Yet you prefer the imaginings of Bronze Age Middle Eastern nomads. Hard to believe such wilful ignorance in the 21st century."

          You're the one making ridiculous, faith-filled claims about evolution.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm |
        • Topher

          Science Works

          "Topher what about old blues on the front page of CNN 7,000 years ?"

          No idea what you are talking about.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm |
        • Science Works

          7,000-year-old male, blue eyes, dark skin, likes hunting .. updated 13 hours, 38 minutes ago
          Scientists examining the 7,000-year-old remains of a hunter-gatherer found in Spain have discovered that African versions of pigmentation genes determined his skin color, but that he had blue eyes now associated with northern Europeans.
          http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/world/europe/mesolithic-man/index.html

          January 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher
          "No idea. But it would have to be close to the 6000. I find the millions of years ludicrous."

          Surely there is some method of dating that points to 6,000 years that, if something were older, that method would show it.
          For example, if there were no stars visible farther away than 6000 light years, then you could say, "If there were stars visible beyond 6000 light years, then I could accept those dates."

          January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Topher,
          So you prefer the imaginings of Bronze Age Middle Eastern nomads over modern science. Think about that.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher,
          " Evolution is not able to be any of those things in the scientific method."

          (sigh)

          January 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm |
        • Topher

          Science

          What about it? Time scale's about right.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
        • Topher

          ME II

          "Surely there is some method of dating that points to 6,000 years that,"

          I don't know if any point to 6000 exactly, but many point to a young universe.

          "For example, if there were no stars visible farther away than 6000 light years, then you could say, "If there were stars visible beyond 6000 light years, then I could accept those dates."

          Unless that's just how God created it.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
        • Science Works

          Topher – you might want to watch on Ama-zon – Futurescape Repacing God Dec. 2013.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
        • Topher

          Science

          Why would I want to watch blasphemy?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
        • Science Works

          Topher

          Wisdom ?

          January 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
        • Topher

          Not if there's blasphemy in it there isn't.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
        • Science Works

          There is no swearing topher !

          January 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm |
        • Topher

          Didn't say there was swearing.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
        • Science Works

          Topher evolution .

          Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old fossil human hand bone closes human evolution gap
          Date:
          December 16, 2013
          Source:
          University of Missouri-Columbia

          The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. Members of Ward's team who helped discover and analyze the bone include: Matthew Tocheri, National Museum of Natural History in the Smithsonian Insti-tution; J. Michael Plavcan, University of Arkansas; Francis Brown, University of Utah; and Fredrick Manthi, National Museums of Kenya.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm |
        • Topher

          Again, the article has a dating problem ... plus I don't believe in evolution.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm |
        • Science Works

          So topher evolution = blasphemy ?

          January 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm |
        • Topher

          It can, but not necessarily. My problem is that it is saying God is being replaced. God will never be replaced. That's blasphemy.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher,
          "Again, the article has a dating problem ... plus I don't believe in evolution."

          You have no idea how to date anything, so how do you know this evidence is wrong?

          ...plus, your belief, or lack of understanding, doesn't make it wrong.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm |
        • Topher

          ME II

          "You have no idea how to date anything, so how do you know this evidence is wrong?"

          I know the dating methods that give old ages have known problems. I also know that scientists with a presupposition to an old universe will never use those dating methods in his research. Plus, since I trust God more than man, I believe the universe is young.

          "...plus, your belief, or lack of understanding, doesn't make it wrong."

          True. But the evidence seems to be to the contrary.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm |
        • Topher

          All-right ... I'm logging off for the night, boys. Thanks for the conversation.

          January 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm |
        • ME II

          @Topher

          "I know the dating methods that give old ages have known problems."

          Yet again, the dating methods are consistent across multiple elements and multiple methods.

          "Plus, since I trust God more than man, I believe the universe is young."

          You believe what you think your God said. You have no idea whether you are correct.

          "True. But the evidence seems to be to the contrary."

          Incorrect, there is no evidence that points to a 6K-10K year old Earth.

          January 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm |
      • sam stone

        you shouldn't, gopher

        you are a bigot and a coward

        January 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
    • Topher

      Science, dude, you still here?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
      • Science Works

        Yeah Topher and the closing home school lesson for YOU is we are social animals/primates !

        Social evolution: The ritual animal

        http://www.nature.com/news/social-evolution-the-ritual-animal-1.12256

        January 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
  16. The rest of the story

    After having the children feed the doves to the crow and sea gull, Pope Francis had the children go for a swim in the Papal Piranha Pool.

    The Pope was quoted as saying "I was in an Old Testament mood today."

    January 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
    • doobzz

      Does he have a few bears on hand in case some kid makes fun of his bald head?

      January 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
      • The rest of the rest of the story

        According to the Most Holier Than Thou Vatican Office Of Fish And Wildlife, the bear are in rehab after hanging out with Dennis Rodman and thus unavailable for God's Biblical vengence on young snickerers of bald people. Ill-tempered mutant sea bass are temporarily filling in.

        In other news, mysterious outbreaks of several types of STDs have been reported in the Vatican sheep population.

        January 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
        • doobzz

          LMAO! No wonder I couldn't find any sea bass at Whole Foods today.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
      • Happy Atheist

        "23 And he went up from thence unto Beth-el; and as he was going up by the way, there came forth young lads out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou baldhead; go up, thou baldhead. 24 And he looked behind him and saw them, and cursed them in the name of Jehovah. And there came forth two she-bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two lads of them." 2 Kings 2:23-25

        I'm just curious as to how two bears killed forty two "lads" when any lad should know you only have to be faster than one other lad to get away from a bear... Unless they were magic kungfu bears!!!

        January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • doobzz

          Goodness, you were expecting accuracy or even believability in a bible story?

          Of course, the apologists will claim that they weren't children, but teenagers who should have known better. As if.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm |
    • stevie68a

      He could have crucified the children for a dramatic finish. Most Precious Blood, indeed!

      January 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
  17. Reddog9500

    The symbolism should not be lost on the Holy See. Peace, as symbolized by the doves, will always be in peril by those who would assume that a desire for peace itself is indicative of weakness. All of God's creatures, including man, are either predators or prey. There will be no peace until we tire of war. And that will never happen.

    January 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
    • Alias

      I'm more optimistic. Many nations are uniting and cooperating.
      The European Union is the easiest example. Germany cannot afford to invade France again.
      The UN is not quite totally worthless.
      People still talk about war between the USA and China over Northe Korea, but I don't think either leaders are really willing to make the sacrifices an armed conflict would have over one unstable dictator.
      I could go on, but this is the wrong forum. This page if for "I'm right about god and you're a total fool for not agreeing with me! Open your eyes and see the truth!"

      January 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
  18. children of Israel

    The God of Jacob is going to slaughter all the wicked! The Word of God is his name, and vengeance belongs to him, satan is at his right hand (Matthew 25:34)

    January 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
    • Hmmmmmmm

      Slaughterers ARE the wicked. Vengence is an evil trait.

      January 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      If A is 6, B is 12, C is 18, etc. then

      THE GOD OF JACOB = 120 + 48 + 30 + 42 + 90 + 24 + 90 + 36 + 60 + 6 +18 + 90 + 12 = 666

      Think about that, children of Israel

      January 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
      • MadeFromDirt

        I think some denier had a lot of time on his hands, and worked backward from the sum 666, and finally found a combination of letters and numbers that would yield 666 when you plug in one of God's names or many descriptions.

        January 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          Actually I wrote a quick program and ran it over the King James Bible several months ago after someone brought up Henry Kissinger as coming up 666. Several phrases come up. I can find the list if you want.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          GOD OF ISRAEL is another one that works.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
        • doobzz

          @TTTOO

          That reminds me, I never finished reading The Bible Code.

          January 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm |
        • stevie68a

          Baseball is the anti 666. That's because you have 9 players on each team and 9 innings. It's 666 upside down!

          January 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm |
        • Mr. Math

          That's only two nines. Baseball is only 2/3rds of the anti-anti-Christ.

          January 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
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