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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 ( 1811 )

  • Which Window?

    Which Window?

    October slipped in this year, and now I find myself unexpectedly in the season of ghosts, monsters, and witches. Given the number of posts on this blog about... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Haunting Toyland

    Haunting Toyland

    Although it hasn’t always been this way, one of the most characteristic aspects of the modern horror film is the sequel. Some franchises spin into countless... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Novelty Religion

    Novelty Religion

    Religion is dead. So they say. They have been wrong before. One of the great things the web has given us is book fan sites. There are a number of them, and my... Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Falls

    Falls

    I can’t recall if I’ve been to Mexico City before. You see, back in the late 1980s I frequently read the novels of the existentialists, and although a copy of... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Gendered Lupines

    Gendered Lupines

    No doubt an excuse isn’t required for reading about werewolves this time of year. Something about October encourages that sort of thing. Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Nicholas of Myra

    Nicholas Myra

    It may be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but archaeologists don’t often worry about timing. A piece in the Washington Post announced somethin... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Church Vampires

    Church Vampires

    For people my age manga is a new form of reading that is easily ignored. Although I’ve read a graphic novel or two, “comic books,” no matter how adult the theme... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ocean Blue

    Ocean Blue

    I suspect with Trump in office Columbus Day will get a boost. After all, it’s the narrative of the white man coming to America and improving on what anybody els... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Diverse Colors

    Diverse Colors

    After a warm snap, we’re not at peak color here in New Jersey. Some trees have changed, yes, and leaves have begun to fall, but green prevails. Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Struggle for Relevance

    Struggle Relevance

    Futility is a specialization of those of us who consider ourselves fans of Ecclesiastes. Thus it is that the blog of an editor gets so little attention among... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Learning to Evolve

    Learning Evolve

    Not to beat a dead hadrosaurus, but creationism is in danger of driving us extinct. On a visit to the Paleontological Research Institution’s Museum of the... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Getting Exorcize

    Getting Exorcize

    Supply and demand may seem to be an odd framework to apply to religion, but it obviously exists within the polity of churches, synagogues, and mosques. What... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • To Fear Itself

    Fear Itself

    Fear, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew, would paralyze a nation more quickly than anything else. In recent years politicians have rather cynically used that... Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bible Belts

    Bible Belts

    The Bible’s been back in the news. Specifically the Bible and politics. Like twins separated at birth. Jeff Mateer, Trump’s nominee for a federal judgeship,... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Books Anonymous

    Books Anonymous

    If you stick with something long enough, you’ll get onto all the mailing lists. These days even if you innocently click on an internet ad it will come back to... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Healthy Hurricanes

    Healthy Hurricanes

    Three major hurricanes into the season and our Republican government has nothing better to do than try to think up new ways to take away our healthcare. Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Good Wrinkles

    Good Wrinkles

    Since I was late getting my Banned Book in order this year, I went to something that I could read within a week. While my bus time is generally reserved for... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Small Wonder

    Small Wonder

    Nothing makes me feel small like thinking about the universe does. Never a large individual anyway, thinking how this apartment encompasses me and it is... Read more

    Posted on 29 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Deep Web Religion

    Deep Religion

    The bases of truth are ever shifting, it seems. What was once decided by spiritual tests now finds technological solutions. A friend sent me a story from IFL... Read more

    Posted on 28 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Beam Me Where?

    Beam Where?

    It’s kind of like the transporter dilemma on Star Trek. Where is the person/Vulcan/Klingon when their atoms are being disassociated in one location and... Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2017 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY