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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 ( 3198 )

  • Interview Two

    Interview

    October turns the northern hemisphere mind toward Halloween.  It must be strange to receive northern media while living in the global south—Halloween occurs jus... Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Kindred Spirit?

    Kindred Spirit?

    Possession stories have a poignancy to them that perhaps other horror stories lack. The loss of self-control is a frightful thing. Read more

    Posted on 19 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Documenting Horror

    Documenting Horror

    Watching documentaries always seems to raise questions.  I recently found A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss on YouTube. Produced by the BBC in 2010, the set... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Steel Industry

    Steel Industry

    It was a building on Broadway, just south of Times Square.  I don’t know the name of the building or remember what business it may have housed, but I did... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Face Away

    Face Away

    I’m avoiding Facebook for a while.  Here’s why.  I started a Facebook account when I first got involved in social media.  (Publishers say you have to build a... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Paywall

    Paywall

    They were my former employer, for goodness sake!  Here’s how it happened.  It begins with research.  Nobody is born knowing all they need to learn.  Research... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • It’s Thorpe, Jim

    It’s Thorpe,

    On a rainy fall day we found ourselves in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.  We’d been through the touristy town before, but had never had any luck finding parking so... Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Dark Academia

    Dark Academia

    Genres can be slippery things.  Those of us who dabble in fiction sometimes find it difficult to describe what we do.  Writing is individual expression and it... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Eve’s True Desire

    Eve’s True Desire

    Psst—don’t tell anyone!  There is a free copy of my first book available on Academia.edu. I thought I was kind of radical for doing that, but people who write... Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Taking Part

    Taking Part

    It’s always a pleasure to be invited, even if not as a proper guest.  To an academic conference, I mean.  Most of us sit around feeling pretty obscure most of... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • What’s Class Got to Do with It?

    What’s Class with

    As an editor you get to read synopses of nascent books across a wide variety of disciplines.  A live topic in sociology and poli-sci is class.  As in “the hidde... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Quest for Quest

    Quest

    The Quest for the Wicker Man is a rarity. Not only is it very difficult to locate and very expensive if you do find it, it’s also a collection of essays where... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Paper Chase

    Paper Chase

    Maybe you’ve done it too.  Kissed the posterior of technology.  Up until three years ago I didn’t pay bills online.  I waited for a bill, wrote a check,... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Book Or Movie?

    Book Movie?

    The funny thing about people, or at least one of the funny things, is that when individuals get together we notice different things. It can happen at in-person... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Podcast Live

    Podcast Live

    Have you ever had one of those weeks where you forgot what day it was?  (Come on, now, it’s a pandemic—you can admit it!)  I spent yesterday unaware that it... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • More Ethnic Monsters

    More Ethnic Monsters

    There seems to be a real interest, this haunting season, for cultures to claim their monsters.  I recently wrote about a story on the Jewish background to... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Time Keeps on

    Time Keeps

    Do you want to feel old?  Consider this BBC headline: “TikTok overtakes YouTube for average watch time in US and UK.” If you’re like me you first heard of TikTo... Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • B Film

    Film

    October brings horror films to mind.  As soon as the calendar clicks over, discussions of favorite scary movies begins.  As I’ve mentioned many times before,... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Sodom

    Sodom

    Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s an asteroid coming to wipe out a city!  One of the cottage industries outside biblical studies is the... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Jewish and Christian Frankenstein

    Jewish Christian Frankenstein

    Among my many potential book projects already started (I tend to work on several at any given time) is one on Frankenstein. I’ve read several studies of Mary... Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY