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MY BLOGS

  • 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 ( 2084 )

  • Not Final Words

    Final Words

    When death’s not the final word, it’s hard to argue. This is such a basic level of disagreement between religions and culture that it may be impossible to... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not Quite Eschatology

    Quite Eschatology

    Realized eschatology, if you’ll pardon my French, is a term that describes the “already/not yet” aspect of the “end of the world. Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Awakening

    Awakening

    Waking up for the first time in our new place, I felt a strange relief. I hadn’t realized how much you feel owned when you have a landlord. Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bitten by Religion

    Bitten Religion

    The Essex Serpent isn’t what it appears to be. Sarah Perry’s debut American novel (although it’s her second elsewhere, publishing being the strange beast that i... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Paranormal Pilgrimages

    Paranormal Pilgrimages

    Although the Allegheny Mountains are hardly the Rockies—they’re much older and more gentle on the eye—they harbor many tourist locations. Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Unnatural Connections

    Unnatural Connections

    The last time we moved internet service was just becoming an issue. When we first came to our Somerville apartment we had dial-up. Do you believe it? Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Blogday

    Blogday

    Sects and Violence in the Ancient World is nine years old today. Not that I’m keeping count. Really, I’m not. WordPress sent me a notice, and they ought to know... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Net Worth

    Worth

    —strange concept for a human being—is calculated on the basis of how much cash you’re “worth.” While on that lonely task of sorting through the attic, I came... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Moved Unmover

    Moved Unmover

    To say it was an easy move would be a lie. I write this on a beautiful, cool, clear July morning. Only I can’t even calculate the last time I slept. Not new... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Moving Day

    Moving

    So, it’s moving day. Amid all the packing and sorting—outside the regular 9 to 5—I realized that this was the first move I’ve made outside the constraints of... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Moving Books

    Moving Books

    One of my anxieties about moving is that commuting time was my reading time. Enforced sitting for over three hours a day meant consuming book after book. Now I... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Extra Baggage

    Extra Baggage

    So, I’m packing. Have been, on and off, since January. One of the most dreaded moments of packing is the closets. You know how in horror movies the villain ofte... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not Enceladus

    Enceladus

    I’m moving. It turns out that transport companies don’t offer service to Enceladus, and inter-planetary moves are expensive, so we’re moving just one state over. Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Melting Psalmists

    Melting Psalmists

    With weather like this, I could use a Psalm or two. Of course, in my mind, weather and Psalms are closely connected. Here in the mid-Atlantic states, we’ve... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Breaking Day

    Breaking

    When does the day start? Years of awaking around 3 a.m. may have distorted my perceptions a bit, I suppose. Here in the mid-Atlantic states, the sun is never... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Rewriting Dictionaries

    Rewriting Dictionaries

    When this is all over we’re going to need a whole lot of new definitions. As news became public of the US government literally ripping crying children from thei... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Moving Plans

    Moving Plans

    I’m moving. I’m seriously considering Enceladus. Oh, you haven’t been? One of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus was discovered to have the basic elements of life... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Homo Labelmaker

    Homo Labelmaker

    It’s okay to hate the white man. Mitch McConnell has become the icon of what “the white man” really is. Hatred can be just. Even the Good Book says, “I have... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Divisive Devices

    Divisive Devices

    In some kind of vague attempt at spring cleaning—yes, I know it’s late for that; I’m always running behind—I’ve been taking some old electronics for recycling. Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • You’ve Never Seen

    You’ve Never Seen

    In spite of accusations of puerile voyeurism, horror is a genre containing many deep films. I have no training as a film critic, but it’s evident that among... Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY