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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 ( 1787 )

  • Doomsday, Again?

    Doomsday, Again?

    It’s hard to keep a good apocalypse down. Ever since Jesus of Nazareth did his best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression of “I’ll be back” some of his followers hav... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Domesticity

    Domesticity

    One of the truly disturbing aspects of religion is its tendency to become domesticated. What I mean is that it becomes so much a part of the everyday scenery... Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Voting Belief

    Voting Belief

    No one knows the origins of religion. Before the advent of writing we can only guess, based on artifacts. Even in the era of scriveners, nobody jotted down the... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Warnings Ahead

    Warnings Ahead

    As a noun, “freak” is akin to a swear word. To refer to another person in such terms is often considered derogatory and degrading. Still, we all know what it... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Eating Earth

    Eating Earth

    Some things are hidden in plain sight. That doesn’t make them any the less insidious. One such hidden truth is that the earth is of a finite size. Another is... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Name of the Game

    Name Game

    I have a confession to make. I’m not a gamer. Just like everyone old enough to be aware in the 1970s, I was amazed at Pong. Television, which had always only... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Self-Conscious

    Self-Conscious

    Cassini is no more. The Saturn-bound satellite was launched in 1997 when the earth was a very different place. As it’s four-year sell-by date passed, the... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Clown King

    Clown King

    Like many people, I enjoy a Stephen King novel from time to time. King has a talent for drawing you into his tales, and whether or not they’re scary you feel a... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reason to Believe

    Reason Believe

    Gods, the experts say, are on the way out. Have been for some time. The loudest voices in this arena are the New Atheists who suggest science alone explains... Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Contemporary Scripture

    Contemporary Scripture

    Being born into a religion makes all the difference. I say this as someone who was born into a family that would now be labeled Fundamentalist. That... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hieroglyphs

    Hieroglyphs

    The word “hieroglyph” translates to “sacred writing.” If you’re like me, your first attempts to learn writing were probably not very sacred at all. Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not Devil’s Tower

    Devil’s Tower

    The Sourlands, apart from being the setting of Joyce Carol Oates stories, are one of New Jersey’s characteristic features. Although the Garden State brings... Read more

    Posted on 11 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Biblical Hurricanes

    Biblical Hurricanes

    Say what you will about western Pennsylvania, but it was a location fairly safe from natural disasters. My hometown was too far inland for hurricanes to cause... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Way, the Truth

    Way, Truth

    It’s striking how similar world religions can be. Granted, the concept of “religion” as a separate sphere of life is a western one, but throughout the world... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Shocking Truth

    Shocking Truth

    The electrician recently stopped by. We’re renters and although I don’t mind doing minor household repairs to benefit the landlord, I draw the line at... Read more

    Posted on 08 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Church of Advent

    Church Advent

    It’s a common name. You might know one yourself: William Miller. Indeed, for many years of my own life I borrowed that surname from my stepfather before... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Overlooked Scripture

    Overlooked Scripture

    In this great Trump Tower of capitalism in which we all live, I often wonder about the overlooked Bible. Fundamentalist Trump supporters certainly know how to... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • First Look

    First Look

    Youth might be described in a number of ways. One, of course, is in biological years. Another may be in exposure to experiences which change your life. Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ned Ludd and Company

    Ludd Company

    I’m sure you’ve seen them too. Maybe in the movies, or on a newsreel, or maybe on a filmstrip in school. I’m referring to those scenes, usually in some foreign... Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • By Numbers

    Numbers

    Numbers 12.3 always struck me as one of the oddest verses of the Pentateuch. This was back in the days when I’d been taught that Moses wrote Genesis through... Read more

    Posted on 03 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY