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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 ( 1499 )

  • Somewhere out There

    Somewhere There

    If last month’s election taught us anything it’s that nobody really knows anything. For many years now I’ve been saying that the sign of an educated person is... Read more

    Posted on 08 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Monsters and Men

    Monsters

    Horror films are something you either “get” or you don’t. I have no empirical evidence for that, but then again, “getting” is hardly a precise verb. Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • December Demons

    December Demons

    Conversations with friends, inevitably, turn to the fiasco this country faces with Donald Trump. My response, apart from attempting a measure of optimism and... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hoping for Light

    Hoping Light

    Although the stores have been playing Christmas music for some weeks now, it is technically Advent. I think we could all use a little Advent as days grow shorte... Read more

    Posted on 05 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Protest Reading

    Protest Reading

    In these days of bold ignorance, reading in public is an act of resistance. A world that follows the uninformed to perdition requires those who stand as... Read more

    Posted on 04 December 2016 RELIGION
  • The Wicked Man

    Wicked

    I confess, it was a moment of weakness. Or I could say that it was dedication to research. In either case, I subjected myself to watching the remake of the... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fear of the Artificial

    Fear Artificial

    As someone who dedicated four years—particularly long winter nights—to the cause of high school robotics, I found myself knowing quite a bit before I walked int... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Mark of the Beast

    Mark Beast

    I grew up believing in “the Antichrist.” As I came to realize that much of the New Testament pointed to contemporary problems (for them) with the Roman Empire... Read more

    Posted on 01 December 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • True to Nature

    A friend recently sent me an article on Jack London from smithsonian.com. As the article by Kenneth Brandt makes clear, London is an author for our times. Read more

    Posted on 30 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hollow Bible

    Hollow Bible

    The proofs for my article on the Bible in Sleepy Hollow are now here. It will be appearing shortly in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. For those... Read more

    Posted on 29 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Holiday Season

    Holiday Season

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, I stop to think about what holidays really do. “Keep Christ in Christmas” signs have popped up like winter dandelions... Read more

    Posted on 28 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bibliotherapy

    Bibliotherapy

    This may sound strange, considering the source, but I fear I don’t read enough. An article by Sarah Begley in a recent issue of Time, reinforces what we’ve know... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Radio Nowhere

    Radio Nowhere

    Those of us who somehow managed to be educated without the use of computers, at least nothing more advanced than a TI-30 calculator, fumble our way through the... Read more

    Posted on 26 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Found in Translation

    Found Translation

    Traduttore, traditore—“translators are traitors”—is an Italian saying invested with a great deal of truth. Anyone who’s worked with the proliferation of... Read more

    Posted on 25 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Abundance

    Abundance

    A few weeks before Leonard Cohen died I saw a story on how his song “Hallelujah” had been done to death. Covered and recovered, it seemed to be on every cover... Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • United Or Untied?

    United Untied?

    Beliefs can be most problematic things. I’ve spent the better part of the last five days in one of the reddest of “Red States.” People in Texas were... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • History and Its Discontents

    History Discontents

    I’m standing in the lobby of the Menger Hotel. Before history becomes too falsified to recognize, I want to soak up the fact that Theodore Roosevelt organized... Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Foundation Myths

    Foundation Myths

    are some of my favorite myths. If you’ve got to believe in something, it may as well be something fun, right? Usually before I travel to a place I do some... Read more

    Posted on 21 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Post Post-Truth

    Post Post-Truth

    One of the benefits of working with words is that you get to participate in reality. George Orwell famously wrote that if people didn’t have the words to expres... Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Who’s Bigger?

    Who’s Bigger?

    Sometimes we have to work so very hard for unity. On the day before the conference proper began, I decided to take in some of the sites. In San Antonio this... Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2016 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY