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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 ( 2197 )

  • Odyssey in Blue

    Odyssey Blue

    Now I have the United bastardization of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” stuck in my head. This comes from listening to the same recording approximately a... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Eternal Return

    Eternal Return

    For those of you who don’t live, eat, and breathe academic religious studies, it’s my duty to point out that the American Academy of Religion and Society of... Read more

    Posted on 15 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Knowing How To Know

    Knowing Know

    Some questions are deceptively simple. For example: how do you know? The fancy philosophical word for this is “epistemology,” although that often takes it a ste... Read more

    Posted on 14 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Paying Troll

    Paying Troll

    There was a time, should the media of my youth be believed, when a man insulted another man’s wife at his peril. A barroom fight, or perhaps a sober brawl, woul... Read more

    Posted on 13 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Goddess Lore

    Goddess Lore

    From where I sit to write this blog in this particular season (when it’s too cold to sit in an unheated attic) I watch Venus rise in the eastern sky. Read more

    Posted on 12 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Centuries

    Centuries

    Although it may not be obvious, history marks us as hopelessly shortsighted. As a species we’ve only been keeping written records for about four millennia. Read more

    Posted on 11 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • And Found

    Found

    For a kid who grew up on a steady diet of television, I have to admit being out of practice. A combination of Gilligan’s Island and Dark Shadows informed much o... Read more

    Posted on 10 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Residual Thoughts

    Residual Thoughts

    I feel compelled to say that this book was not among the overwritten tomes I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Indeed, although the title reflects the outlook of... Read more

    Posted on 09 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Universal Books

    Universal Books

    I’m reading an overwritten book right now. In fact, I just finished an overwritten book. Such works, I suppose, are the results of being taught how to write. Read more

    Posted on 08 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Whose Canon Is This?

    Whose Canon This?

    Being a Bibles editor, I suppose, is a rare kind of job these days. The book that defined our culture now rests in the back seat under discarded fast food bags... Read more

    Posted on 07 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Giving a Hand

    Giving Hand

    A friend sent me a news story that really spoke to me. A bookstore in England, forced to move because of rent, asked for volunteers to help move their stock to ... Read more

    Posted on 06 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • V November

    November

    “Remember, remember the fifth of November,” begins the parable V for Vendetta before opening on a government not unlike our own. Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Myth of the Extra Hour

    Myth Extra Hour

    The selling point of an extra hour of sleep is, unfortunately, a myth. I’m not talking about young people who can sleep on demand, but your average, everyday... Read more

    Posted on 04 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Last Call

    Last Call

    The alarm that wakes you in the middle of the night. There’s something primal, something visceral about that. We humans, at least since our ancestors climbed... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Leftovers

    Leftovers

    It looks like I forgot to click “publish” yesterday, so my blog post never appeared.  With apologies for doubling up, I need to complete the trilogy today. Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • November Novina

    November Novina

    One of my New Testament professors was fond of saying early Christianity was exclusive so that people would want to join. “If everybody could be a Christian,” h... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Halloween Mood

    Halloween Mood

    As America becomes scarier and scarier, I appreciate the fact that I grew up loving Halloween. I don’t know why the dark mood appeals to me—I don’t like being... Read more

    Posted on 31 October 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Body Or Soul?

    Body Soul?

    Something’s wrong with Buddy Love. He doesn’t act like a professor. Meanwhile, Sherman Klump, heavyset but brilliant, feels that human companionship is passing... Read more

    Posted on 30 October 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Organic Experience

    Organic Experience

    Holy Horror, it looks like, has been delayed until January. That doesn’t mean that I have to wait to find some relief in the escape to film. Read more

    Posted on 29 October 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Like One of Us

    Like

    Some envision America as a nation of—God help them!—only people like themselves. This is Trump’s America, and therefore, the America of the Republican Party. Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2018 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY