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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 ( 2624 )

  • Protest Day

    Protest

    Today should be known as Protest Day. Three years ago with over a million others I marched in Washington. The media still routinely underreports the numbers... Read more

    Posted on 18 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Morality, by Contract

    Morality, Contract

    So, maybe it’s the crazy wind that was blowing around here all day yesterday, but I’m beginning to wonder about corporate sanity (if there is such a thing). Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Amendments

    Amendments

    Funny thing about freedom of speech. It doesn’t really exist in a capitalist system. Words, I suspect the powers that be know, are extremely potent. Any system... Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Qohelet’s Advice

    Qohelet’s Advice

    Academic hypersensitivity. I fear it’s on the rise. I know I’ve experienced it myself—that flushing rage and disbelief that someone has written a book on the... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Dancing

    Dancing

    An artist is never really gone. I have been listening to Leonard Cohen’s posthumous Thanks for the Dance. Haunting in the way of Bowie’s Blackstar, there’s a... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Atlas

    Atlas

    The other day I had a hankering for Religion Index One. I don’t think it exists anymore, at least not in the format I once knew it. RI1 was a print volume... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Smelling Winter

    Smelling Winter

    We’re experiencing the January thaw around here. This isn’t a scientific thing, of course, and it doesn’t happen every year. We had snow before Christmas, but i... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Geocheating

    Geocheating

    So, we geocache. Not as much as we used to, but over 15 years ago my family and I began the sport and really got into it for a while. Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Strange Powers

    Strange Powers

    Some books take you to strange places. Not all of them are fiction. I began Nightmares with the Bible as a way of understanding the many, disparate ideas of... Read more

    Posted on 10 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Cave Monsters

    Cave Monsters

    A story in Discover back in December discusses cave drawings from Indonesia. Dating back almost 40,000 years before the creation of the world, these cave... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Search Yourself

    Search Yourself

    I was searching for someone on the internet (surprisingly, not myself). Since this individual didn’t have much of a platform, I looked at MyLife.com. Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Social Madness

    Social Madness

    I’m reading a book written in the mid-1980s. (All will become clear eventually.) The author notes the connection between social madness and personal mental... Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • United, We Divide

    United, Divide

    I was a teenage Methodist. Or, I should say, a teenage United Methodist. My family had moved to a town where there were no Fundamentalist churches. Indeed, the... Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Droning On

    Droning

    According to the New York Times (I don’t have a link, but Google will bring it up), nighttime drone formations have been reported by law enforcement in the... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • New Year Reading

    Year Reading

    Childhood has a powerful draw. I first started reading Dark Shadows books when they were published for (I kid you not) 60 cents. I got them for cheaper than tha... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • A Few Days

    Days

    My fellow blogger over at Verbomania (worth following!) posted a piece on the word Romjul. In case you haven’t read the post, Romjul is the Norwegian word for... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Seaing 2020

    Seaing 2020

    It’s funny what sticks in your head. As a ten-year-old 2020 seemed impossibly far in the future. And it was very wet. Not because of global warming, but... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hereby Resolved

    Hereby Resolved

    Photo credit: chensiyuan, Wikipedia CommonsNew Year’s resolutions have never been my thing. Having had a good Calvinistic upbringing, I’m a natural... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • 2019 Books

    2019 Books

    Goodreads is always a little eager to put the tally on a year’s worth of reading. This year, however, since I’ve been engaged in some larger books, they may be... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Falling

    Falling

    Time. It’s a resource of which I’ve become acutely aware. If I probe this I find that among the assorted reasons is the fact that I’ve finished my fourth book... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY