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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 ( 2264 )

  • Mastication Meditation

    Mastication Meditation

    Musing while munching a bowl of Wheaties, a thought came to me. Not only do we owe the practice of eating breakfast cereal to an evangelical strain of... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Xenophobia’s Children

    Xenophobia’s Children

    There are consequences, it seems, for not paying attention in school. I have no way of knowing, of course, but I suspect most of us are taught that basic... Read more

    Posted on 21 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Truth Is Marching On

    Truth Marching

    A funny thing happens to human minds when they’re in a crowd. They begin thinking collectively. We’ve all heard of “mob mentality” and dismiss it as so common... Read more

    Posted on 20 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Poe Et Tree

    Tree

    When winter gets a little dreary with its constant chill and perpetually gray skies, I often think of Edgar Allan Poe.  There’s been so much going on lately,... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Turnabout

    Turnabout

    Fair play, so the adage dictates, includes turnabout. Well, that may be overstating it a bit, but after reading Joe Nickell I decided to give the other side a... Read more

    Posted on 18 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Obso

    Obso

    Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a subscription service for institutions that gives access to many biblical studies resources produced by the press. Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not Quite Thursday

    Quite Thursday

    I discovered Jasper Fforde, as these things so often happen, at the recommendation of a friend. A writer of rare talent, he’s conjured a few meta-worlds where... Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Quantum Magic

    Quantum Magic

    This history of ideas is perhaps the most stimulating of intellectual topics. At least to me. The pedigree of an idea tells us something of its validity—its... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fun with Skeptics

    with Skeptics

    You have to love skeptics. Really. Like most people who’ve spent many years attaining a doctorate, I’m naturally skeptical about many things. Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Now Hiring?

    Hiring?

    In keeping with my recent theme of jobs you never knew you could have, I recently read a story a friend sent me from The Vintage News. The story concerns a... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Truth of Fiction

    Truth Fiction

    The thing about reading is that it’s a lifestyle. I record books both here and on Goodreads, but I read a lot more than books. Although I don’t have much time... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Not About Pigs

    About Pigs

    Pseudepigrapha always struck me as a great name for a pet guinea pig. Neither members of the porcine family nor from Guinea, these rodents are remarkably... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles

    Jeffrey Burton Russell is one of the clearest thinkers I’ve ever read. I first encountered him in my background reading for Holy Horror, and have subsequently... Read more

    Posted on 10 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Care and Keeping of Books

    Care Keeping Books

    I take good care of books. It’s my personal goal that after I’ve read a book you won’t be able to tell. I used to mark books up, but it occurred to me that I... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Shut up Or Shut Down?

    Shut Down?

    So the government’s shut down over a presidential temper tantrum. Like most people, I suspect, I haven’t really noticed. Except for two things. Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Instant Gramification

    Instant Gramification

    To be a writer these days, so industry publicists tell us, one must be savvy on social media. But do not spend too much time, they tell us, on that same media. Read more

    Posted on 07 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Mastering Ravens

    Mastering Ravens

    One of the most difficult things in modern life is to keep up with all the new jobs available. That’s not to suggest that unemployment isn’t a real problem—it... Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Web Design

    Design

    As those who read this blog on the actual site will have noticed, I’ve been playing around a bit with my “look.” Neither famous nor influential, I’m just a... Read more

    Posted on 05 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Problem with History

    Problem with History

    is that it shows foundational views are constantly shifting. Let me preface this statement by noting that although I taught Hebrew Bible for many years my... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Reentry

    Reentry

    Image credit: NASA/ISS Expedition 28, public domain from Wikimedia CommonsThey call it reentry, I suspect, because of the perils and stress experienced by... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2019 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY