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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 ( 2800 )

  • Thousand and One

    Thousand

    I’ve posted on big books before. I’m reading one right now. Many large books have had profound cultural influence, and something about their very girth... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Like an Egyptian

    Like Egyptian

    “And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Up the Downgrade

    Downgrade

    My computer’s been telling me that it wants to upgrade. In fact, when I first bought this laptop several years ago, and started it up the first time right out o... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Skywalker Arises

    Skywalker Arises

    Maybe, if you’re like me, you find the Star Wars franchise a little hard to keep straight. Ever since the end of Episode VI the number of characters with strang... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Nightmares with Nightmares

    Nightmares with

    Although some staff members are furloughed, Nightmares with the Bible is still going to press. Unlike many authors, I realize that Covid-19 has had a stifling... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Contrariwise

    Contrariwise

    When you set out to research a topic, reading is the first step. These days you can’t possibly keep up with everything that’s written—particularly on the... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Page Count

    Page Count

    Research has taken on a different flavor now that I don’t have a teaching post. I’ve started work on my next book after Nightmares with the Bible, and I’ll... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Something Burning?

    Something Burning?

    It’s all Amazon’s fault, really. Several years ago—I can’t recall how many—they were running a horror movie DVD sale (that’s how long ago!). Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Layers of Brick

    Layers Brick

    If, like me, you can’t see a neighbor’s brickwork without thinking of “A Cask of Amontillado,” then I need not explain why I watch horror films. Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Trading Ideas

    Trading Ideas

    Sometimes you read a book where the author seems to have your same experiences. I suspect that’s why many of us keep reading, looking for connection. Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Independence Day Wishing

    Independence Wishing

    It’s Independence Day and what we most need independence from is our own government. History is full of ironies. Federal holidays falling on a Saturday, for... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • X-Files Redux

    X-Files Redux

    So, after writing a post about The X-Files, I finished season three, forgetting up until then that the last episode was “Talitha Cumi. Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Live Long and

    Live Long

    Neither Edgar Allan Poe nor H. P. Lovecraft lived to see fifty. I began the task of trying to publish fiction when I was a year beyond Lovecraft’s demise. Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Tentacly Fun

    Tentacly

    Anyone who has spent time amid scholarly religion tomes knows how cases used to be made for connections. Similarities were seen as parallels, and it wasn’t... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Insubstantial Reading

    Insubstantial Reading

    Because of the shortness of time, I recently bought an ebook so that I could get it done under deadline. Although the coronavirus still has book delivery... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Sunrise Sunset

    Sunrise Sunset

    The earliest sunrise doesn’t take place on the longest day. Things like this are what kept me out of a career in astronomy. No, the earliest morning occurs abou... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Www

    With a few exceptions I think we’ve lived beyond the time when a single name could spawn an industry. I used to watch re-runs (itself an arcane concept) of The... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Slimy Veggies

    Slimy Veggies

    This wasn’t the work of ghosts, but it sure looked like it. I snapped on the kitchen lights at 3:00 a.m. to find one of the counters dripping with slime. It... Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Bible Files

    Bible Files

    As intimated several posts ago now, my wife and I are rewatching The X-Files. Neither of us has much free time, so this proceeds slowly over many weekends, and... Read more

    Posted on 26 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Aching Backs

    Aching Backs

    The other day someone mentioned to me (virtually, of course, since real conversation is limited to immediate family) that she was going to the chiropractor. Read more

    Posted on 25 June 2020 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY