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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 ( 1904 )

  • Playing Piano

    Playing Piano

    It must be very difficult to write books that make the future believable. With the speed of technological change, it’s getting more difficult all the time. Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Moon Base

    Moon Base

    Late last year scientists announced that a tunnel they’d found on the moon (remotely, of course) would make an ideal location for a human colony. Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Kings and Fiends

    Kings Fiends

    Martin Luther King Jr. was, and is, a symbol of hope. This day, as we’re encouraged to think of progress, we’re mired under leadership that less than a week... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Street Clearing

    Street Clearing

    Not driving to work definitely has its advantages. Although studies suggest commuting takes a great toll on hapless riders, the stress of driving in traffic—mor... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Plain Speaking

    Plain Speaking

    When the president of the United States utters words too vulgar to print here, I think of the old They Might Be Giants’ song “Your Racist Friend.” The song is... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • How Did We Get Here?

    Here?

    Where do we come from? Leaving aside the puerile snickers of our younger selves, we eventually learn “the facts of life” and get on with it. Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Addicted to Heaven

    Addicted Heaven

    I once wrote a scene—please don’t look for it; it’s never been published—in which a character awakes after attending a concert the night before. In my own life... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Jedi Bible

    Jedi Bible

    A long time ago in a galaxy far away there was no paper. This is something I didn’t realize until I read a book of essays by Ryan Britt a couple years back. Read more

    Posted on 10 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Middle Age Demons

    Middle Demons

    One of the consequences of watching horror movies is the interest in the origins of various monsters. Since many such films feature demons, their backgrounds an... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Setting Terms

    Setting Terms

    I never met Jonathan Z. Smith, although he was hard to miss at conferences. By the time I was a doctoral student his writings were deemed essential reading in... Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Big Shill

    Shill

    Once in a while I have to shill. As an erstwhile academic I’m aware of the cachet my employer bears for colleagues and the elite among the general public. Still... Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • What Year?

    What Year?

    Dave Barry’s end of year review is part of our annual ritual for changing over the calendars. For those unfamiliar with Barry’s work, he was a columnist with th... Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Sticky Labels

    Sticky Labels

    Who gets to decide on their own label? We all generally know how we’d like people to think of us, but labels are limiting and divisive. Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Science and

    Science

    Do science and religion have to fight? It’s not evident that they do, but some on each side of this divide like to keep the conflict going. Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Gaston Avenue Freeze-Out

    Gaston Avenue Freeze-Out

    I was not, as yesterday’s post indicated, looking forward to the renewed commute into New York City. We’ve been having a cold snap here in the Northeast, and... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Grind

    Grind

    I’m headed back to New York City after a staycation of almost two weeks. Even shifting standard arising time back only an hour from 4:00 a.m. seems cruel and... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • 2017 in Books

    2017 Books

    At the end of each year I think back over the books I’ve read in the past twelve months. Since I don’t blog about every single book, I use Goodreads to keep... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Let the Memory

    Memory

    One of the rare and long-anticipated treats of being near New York City is the prospect of a live show. For practical reasons we don’t go to shows very... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reading Preferences

    Reading Preferences

    How do you decide on a favorite author? The question has been looming in my head as I’ve been reading through old novels on my shelves. It’s a question that... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ancient Perspectives

    Ancient Perspectives

    Around the holiday season, on social media, stories relating to the Bible tend to pop up. When my wife mentioned a New York Times story about “Gabriel’s... Read more

    Posted on 29 December 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY