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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 ( 3612 )

  • Split Personality

    Split Personality

    This may be the way to develop a split personality.  For the majority of my waking hours of the week I’m a biblical studies editor.  I do the usual, boring... Read more

    Posted on 08 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Pods

    Pods

    Some cultural assets (ahem) are so well known that you come to know them by association. I knew the story behind Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 and 1978)... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Religion in Its Place

    Religion Place

    The other day at work I virtually “met” someone else from western Pennsylvania.  It came about in an odd way.  We were both in an online author talk and my... Read more

    Posted on 06 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not Sleepy Yet

    Sleepy

    Working on a doctorate changes the way you think. Or at least it’s supposed to. Easy answers have to be examined closely, and sources critically scrutinized. On... Read more

    Posted on 05 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Prosthetic Horse?

    Prosthetic Horse?

    Old habits die hard.  As a young researcher, I was dogged about reading everything possible on a subject before writing on it. Read more

    Posted on 04 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Unidentified

    Unidentified

    Some places are quite ordinary. Once you get to know the people, however, you begin to find some oddities. That’s all normal. Other places, however, are... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Goodbye, Linda

    Goodbye, Linda

    It’s out of the ordinary for me to post twice in one day, but I’m compelled to do so by the passing of a friend I’d never met.  I’ll already published today’s... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Forgot Again?

    Forgot Again?

    I’ve noticed a pattern.  I’ve been posting daily on this blog for over thirteen years now.  During the past two of those, several days (including the day... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Abc 2 Qwerty

    Qwerty

    I thought this was over after school.  Sitting in a class with a long list of names, always coming in last—or very nearly so—because my name began with W. ... Read more

    Posted on 01 December 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • This Way

    This

    The more I get to know myself—pleased to meet you, sir—the more I realize that my childhood was cobbled together from small but repeated exposures to my favorit... Read more

    Posted on 29 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Doppelgängers

    Doppelgängers

    Maybe this has happened to you.  Two names get stuck and mixed up in your mind until you consistently can’t tell them apart.  Jeff Bridges and Jeff Daniels are... Read more

    Posted on 28 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Katrina’s Side

    Katrina’s Side

    Once a story is released, and its copyright expired, it’s free to be re-interpreted. Although there are those that deny it, any reading is a form of... Read more

    Posted on 27 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Natural Wonder

    Natural Wonder

    I recently heard a talk about monarch butterflies that left me in awe, once again, of nature.  These remarkable insects have been in the news because of... Read more

    Posted on 26 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • In the Dark

    Dark

    I’ve read several of W. Scott Poole’s books, and each time I read one I want to read another. Dark Carnivals: Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire i... Read more

    Posted on 25 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Holding Still

    Holding Still

    For some people today is the start of the “holiday season.”  Thanksgiving begins what often becomes a rush up until Christmas.  Moods tend to be more festive, i... Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Religion in the Air

    Religion

    There’s a physicality to it.  Being in Denver, I mean.  My hotel was a mere four blocks from the convention center and the short walk inevitably found me huffin... Read more

    Posted on 23 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Kids’ Stuff?

    Kids’ Stuff?

    Do you want to be popular with the kids this Christmas?  Do you want to hear the squeals of pure delight that every mom, dad, aunt, or uncle wants when that... Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reflections of a Hermit

    Reflections Hermit

    Although I acknowledge that Covid has made even more a hermit of me—I won’t deny it—and I often complain when I have to travel for work, I generally end up... Read more

    Posted on 21 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Day Two

    You have your suspicions when you first spot them, but you have to wait to confirm it.  You’re flying in mid-to-late November and they’re concentrated around on... Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Remember November

    Remember November

    I didn’t get his name.  I could have, because he was wearing a name tag.  I was too busy thinking, “that won’t be me.”  I ended up being wrong about that point. Read more

    Posted on 19 November 2022 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY