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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 ( 1727 )

  • Spice of Life

    Spice Life

    So it finally happened. Sean Spicer, I mean. Resigned. It must’ve been an impossible job, lying for a liar. The art of lying requires a knowledge of what’s... Read more

    Posted on 24 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • News Pause

    News Pause

    One of the benefits of “getting away from it all” is the blessed respite from news. Given the political situation these day I suppose that’s a rather risky... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fishy Business

    Fishy Business

    There’s bound to be a logical explanation for how it got there. After all, this is private property and people have been here all day long. Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • No Place to Hyde

    Place Hyde

    “I was driven to reflect deeply and inveterately on that hard law of life, which lies at the root of religion and is one of the most plentiful springs of... Read more

    Posted on 21 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Berrying Perspective

    Berrying Perspective

    Two people looking at the same thing see something different. Since we’re living with a government of distorted perspective this truth appears refreshed daily. ... Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Unliving

    Unliving

    Western Pennsylvania, from which I hail, has few claims to fame. One, still largely forgotten, is that it was the birthplace of the petroleum industry. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2017 POLITICS
  • Nature Watching

    Nature Watching

    Whenever I travel in the northwest, I keep an eye open for what one colleague calls “charismatic megafauna.” You know, the big animals that are so rare to see... Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Photographic Evidence

    Photographic Evidence

    All photographs are lies. That moment preserved, formerly on celluloid but now with electrons, is gone for good as soon as the shutter is snapped. The camera... Read more

    Posted on 17 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Devonian Dreams

    Devonian Dreams

    Toothbrush and dental pick in hand, I go at it. Not that I’m a professional, mind you, but curiosity drives me to this. You see, this crinoid before me is at... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Big Shoes

    Shoes

    Belief in the supernatural seems to be alive here in the northwest. At least if the culture at Sea-Tac Airport is anything to go by. Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Of Fancy

    Fancy

    Later today—at this time of morning the use of the word “day” feels ironic—I’ll be on a plane heading out of civilization. Well, to be more precise I’ll be... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Pagan Values

    Pagan Values

    “Pagan” used to be a pejorative term. If we’re honest we’ll have to admit that it is still used that way by many people. All the term really denotes, however, i... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Average Reality

    Average Reality

    One of the stranger dynamics of higher education is its unquestioning acceptance of a one-size-fits-all methodology. Don’t get me wrong—the empirical method... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Clean Sweep

    The other day I was reading about cleaner wrasses. These are the fish, usually in coral reef community, that establish a place of business, and other fishes... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Any Means Necessary

    Means Necessary

    As one of his first acts as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie cut the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project. This was before he closed the state-run... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Literary License

    Literary License

    Whenever I orient myself to a new place, I tend to do so by the writers who’ve lived there. As a family we used to take “literary trips” to visit locations... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Consequences of Being Smart

    Consequences Being Smart

    A few years ago my wife bought me a smart phone. Being lifelong Mac users, the iPhone was the model of choice. I don’t have the intense connectivity issues of... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Ezra Puzzle

    Ezra Puzzle

    America loves the Bible. Thing is, most Americans have no idea how complex the Bible actually is. Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Christian Orthodox... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Epics of Humanity

    Epics Humanity

    The Epic of Gilgamesh survived only by being buried. Its survival is perhaps less surprising than its discovery after having been lost for many centuries. Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fundamental Law

    Fundamental

    Last year I posted a piece on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fugitive Lyle Jeffs. The occasion for my venturing into this sect was... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY