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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 ( 1604 )

  • Direct Address

    Direct Address

    For a man as amazingly influential as he was, Cyrus I. Scofield hasn’t been the object of much curiosity. In the venerable academic tradition of ignoring those... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Terms of Interment

    Terms Interment

    In an early episode of The Simpsons Marge is commissioned to paint a portrait of Montgomery Burns. Angry with him because of his constant treatment of others... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Animal Fights

    Animal Fights

    What does it mean to be human? The answer’s not as straightforward as it might seem. Reading Robert Repino’s Culdesac, that question came back to me time and... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Informed Deceit

    Informed Deceit

    I sign a lot of petitions. That’s because the job of prophet doesn’t pay well enough to support a family any more. What it does mean is that I get a lot of... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Who Knew?

    Knew?

    Reading about Jesus is an occupational expectation for an editor of biblical studies. Not that this is anything new for someone who grew up thinking of him... Read more

    Posted on 19 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Sell-by Date

    Sell-by Date

    Labels give us the information we need to enact our prejudices immediately. Having been on the receiving end of great cruelty by “conservatives,” for example,... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Childhood’s End

    Childhood’s

    I believe it was C. S. Lewis who wrote that in reading autobiographies he always found the earliest years the most interesting.. Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Strange Worlds

    Strange Worlds

    The Bible can lead you astray sometimes. Don’t worry, it’s unintentional, I’m sure. It has less to do with the Bible itself than with the way it was compiled. Read more

    Posted on 16 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Alt Bible

    Bible

    A friend recently sent me a story from Anonymous titled “Why Did The Vatican Remove 14 Books From The Bible in 1684?” This piece reminded me of just how... Read more

    Posted on 15 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Blizzard Warning

    Blizzard Warning

    The dangers of prognostication were well known in antiquity. Most prophets, who didn’t so much tell the future as warn about probable outcomes, weren’t the... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Neologism

    Neologism

    I like a good neologism as much as the next guy. Oxford English Dictionaries recently released a covey of new words added to the famed lexicon. Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Rising of the Sun

    Rising

    “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,” the old hymn goes, “and time shall be no more…” Before Trump’s election I always supposed this might have something... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ready, Ames,

    Ready, Ames,

    Ames, Iowa is famous for many things. Not only is it where my wife grew up and where we were married, but it’s also the home city of Howard Bannister from What’... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Heal Thyself

    Heal Thyself

    One thing we can say about the misguided leadership of this country is that they’re taking the Bible seriously. As the Republicans roll out a “healthcare” plan... Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Seeing Belief

    Seeing Belief

    Although most of us can recognize it on sight, we have a difficult time defining religion. In the early parts of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals,... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • All There Is To Know

    There Know

    I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude but I just had to laugh. A friend sent me an article from Science Alert titled “A Physicist Just Explained Why the Large... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Do Unto Yourself

    Unto Yourself

    Selfishness goes by many names. One of the strangest is “Christianity.” I wouldn’t presume to define a religion, but some time back my wife sent me a story abou... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Excarnation

    Excarnation

    To those raised in the Christian tradition incarnation is a familiar concept. The idea, more complex than it sounds, is that God becomes human. Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • An Apple a Day

    Apple

    Have you ever bitten into a piece of rotten fruit? I suspect most of us have had the unpleasant experience. From the outside the apple looks fine but that... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Beating Around the Bush

    Beating Around Bush

    You know things are bad when another president who couldn’t win the popular vote criticizes you. Don’t get me wrong—criticism is good. In my academic existence... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY