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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 ( 1576 )

  • Devil of a Time

    Devil Time

    One might be excused for thinking so much about the Devil these days. Displays of lies and evil intentions are on pretty obvious display at the highest levels. Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bigger Bibles

    Bigger Bibles

    The Book of Jubilees. 1 Enoch. It’s been years since I’ve read these “apocryphal” books. I’m thinking about them today because of the concept of canon. Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Lunar New Years

    Lunar Years

    Celebrating the New Year in the middle of winter is a strange idea, at first glance. As I have discussed before, January 1 is “Circumcision-style New Year,”... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ash Monday

    Monday

    I was traveling abroad with a friend. We’d just arrived back in the United States and were making our way through customs. Since he was from another country we... Read more

    Posted on 20 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Alma Mater Matter

    Alma Mater Matter

    I was a teen-age religion major. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but I did start college at 19 and, being a first generation matriculant, had no idea about... Read more

    Posted on 19 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ode to Zibaldone

    Zibaldone

    Scribbling. All it takes is a margin of an agenda paper or the back of an envelope. I don’t remember when I started doing it—I’ve been writing my own blend of... Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Where Arthur?

    Where Arthur?

    Arthur Rackham – “How at the Castle of Corbin a Maiden Bare in the Sangreal and Foretold the Achievements of Galahad,” Wikimedia CommonsWe’re all grail... Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Know Your Monsters

    Know Your Monsters

    Edward J. Ingebretsen is one of the most intelligent analysts of monsters about. That may seem like a small order, but it’s not—many people write about monsters... Read more

    Posted on 16 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Made of Clay

    Made Clay

    Investigating a new field, at least on an academic level, involves a little disorientation. Part of this derives from the fact that academics didn’t use to writ... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Come Forth

    Come Forth

    Horror movies provide a strange consolation at times such as this. When evil has overtaken democracy, it’s almost like strategy, watching how fictional... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Animal Ways

    Animal Ways

    Noah’s Ark has a way of showing up in many literary forms. Familiar to many from Genesis, it actually predates the Good Book by hundreds of years. Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hidden History

    Hidden History

    History involves perspective. We sometimes forget that. I was alive when human beings first reached the moon, so maybe I’m a bit blasé about what a great... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Theoretically Speaking

    Theoretically Speaking

    I’ve been brushing up on my literary theory. All writing tends to get classified as fact or fiction, and we don’t stop to think, generally, about what... Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • An Anatomy of Lies

    Anatomy Lies

    I had an email from Mike Pence. Mike Pence doesn’t know me from Adam, but if he met me he surely wouldn’t like me. His email tried to explain, in tottering... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • A Glimpse at the Future

    Glimpse Future

    Last month one of the three remaining Shakers died. In this era of religion unawareness, not many Americans, I expect, could identify this dying religion. Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • In Poor Taste

    Poor Taste

    I remember seeing a television commercial once (not during the Super Bowl) where an older guy, a lawyer, complained at the camera, “It used to be that lawyers... Read more

    Posted on 08 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • By Any Other Name

    Other Name

    Good and evil. Well, mostly evil, actually. No, I’m not talking about Washington, DC, but about horror movies. Cynthia A. Freeland’s The Naked and the Undead:... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Cheap Faith

    Cheap Faith

    “If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the... Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Big Chill

    Chill

    It’s cold. It may not be Alaska, or even Wisconsin, but I can’t feel my fingers and the temperature hasn’t risen above freezing all day. Read more

    Posted on 05 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • I’m Saying Nothing

    Saying Nothing

    It used to be called argumentum e silentio, the argument from silence. It didn’t take very long into my post-graduate reading to learn that arguments from... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY