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  • Sects and Violence in the Ancient World http://sawiggins.wordpress.com/

    A blog that tries to find intelligent things to say about religion and related subjects.

LATEST ARTICLES ( 1539 )

  • Looking for Light

    Looking Light

    The one problem with Halloween is that most people suppose that when it’s over we need to wait another year for the scary stuff to come around again. Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Women and Men

    Women

    I’m going to the Women’s March in Washington, DC next weekend. At an organizing meeting yesterday it occurred to me that someone might ask me why. Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Alas, Binghamton

    Alas, Binghamton

    “Store Closing” the signs veritably shout. “Everything Must Go.” It’s something I hate to see in an economically depressed town. The tragedy is redoubled when... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hopeful Horror

    Hopeful Horror

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. To my way of thinking, if I’m aware I’m doing something wrong, I try to change it at that point, rather than waiting. Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reformation Blues

    Reformation Blues

    Welcome to Reformation Year! Well, not actually. It’s more like an anniversary. Five centuries ago this Halloween, Martin Luther grabbed his silver hammer and... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Saint Charles

    Saint Charles

    Honestly, I’m not sure where the idea of votive candles started. An educated guess—which will have to do in my state of limited research time—is that candles,... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reel Salvation

    Reel Salvation

    Salvation is a fraught concept. It’s one of those topics that’s been commandeered by the evangelical camp so that mainstreamers are afraid to touch it, as if... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Samaritans, Good and Otherwise

    Samaritans, Good Otherwise

    It’s the coldest day of the winter so far. I’m noticing this because I’m standing on the shoulder of the New Jersey Turnpike counting the NJ Transit buses that... Read more

    Posted on 10 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Wild Things

    Wild Things

    Last year my wife suggested we each do a reading challenge for the year. The one we selected was Modern Mrs. Darcy’s, which, with only a dozen books, seemed... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • What Democrats Don’t Understand

    What Democrats Don’t Understand

    Human evolution (while it still legally exists) tells us a considerable amount about belief. Brain science (while we still have it) has long indicated that our... Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Size Does Matter

    Size Does Matter

    While not exactly a Luddite, my grasp on technology is tenuous. I grew up in what may be the last generation where computer use was considered optional—I made i... Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Whose Story?

    Whose Story?

    What really happened? I grew up thinking that reading history gave the answer to that question. In fact, it is a viewpoint that I still struggle against. Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Need to Know

    It’s particularly encouraging when the first book I finish in a year is an important one. I try my best to read books that won’t disappoint, but the thing... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Possessed by Work

    Possessed Work

    Now that I’m safely ensconced back in the daily work routine, I spend some time thinking of the scary movies I had time to watch during my “free time. Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Political Games

    Political Games

    The enigma machine held an almost impossible complexity for generating codes. It gave the Nazis a great advantage during World War II since it was beyond the... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Undiscovered Countries

    Undiscovered Countries

    My friend Marvin always amuses me with what he’s got in his refrigerator. He likes to buy products that he considers appropriate to the season. On a recent visi... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • New Year’s Resistance

    Year’s Resistance

    Now that 2016 is safely behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to a year of peaceful protest and renewed social activism. Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • 2016 in Books

    2016 Books

    As is my custom on this last post of the year I’ll be revisiting the books that made an especial difference to me in 2016. I record most books I finish on... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • We Are an Island

    Island

    Apropos of both building your own deity and Disney, my family went to see Moana. Now, I have to admit up front to being a bit behind on my Polynesian mythology. Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Lions and Lambs

    Lions Lambs

    This brief break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, taking into account the vacation days expended to enjoy it, is a time filled with movies, reading,... Read more

    Posted on 29 December 2016 SOCIETY