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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 ( 3165 )

  • Making Excuses

    Making Excuses

    The internet, and computers in general, seem to think we’re dumb.  I say that because of the false information they routinely give.  I was recently on a... Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Screening the Dark

    Screening Dark

    We’re spoiled. The intensity of our media experiences makes it nearly impossible to imagine the truth of stories that viewers fainted at films such as... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • More Conjuring

    More Conjuring

    It was an almost surreal experience. First of all, it’s been well over a year since I’ve been in a movie theater. Secondly, I’ve never been to this particular... Read more

    Posted on 22 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ever-Changing Skies

    The weather is something we like to think is trivial.  We’ve got more important things to do than worry about it.  Yet even our most important ways of dealing... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • All Day Long

    The summer solstice is always a bittersweet day.  The longest day of the year.  From now on the days will begin, almost imperceptibly at first, to get shorter. Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Last Baptist?

    The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States.  It’s the core of a powerful voting bloc that gave electoral (but... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Celebrate Freedom

    Celebrate Freedom

    Perspective.  The most valuable thing I learned growing up was to try to see things from the perspective of others.  It’s the basis of sharing and empathy and... Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • All You Sea

    Speaking of large ships, in honor of World Ocean Day, which was June 8, I had planned to watch Seaspiracy. A Netflix original documentary, this really is a... Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • No, Uh, It Won’t

    Won’t

    Irony comes in all shapes and sizes.  Over the past several decades various fundamentalist groups have built replicas of what they believe to be life-size... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Story Power

    Story Power

    A story can change everything.  You see, we are story-telling creatures and if you want to sway someone a story is a far better means than a lecture. Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Unconventional Demon

    Unconventional Demon

    In my book Holy Horror I limited my discussion to fairly widely available and well-known films. Part of the reason for this is that nobody can watch all horror... Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Conflicting Kingdoms

    Conflicting Kingdoms

    There is reason to be afraid. Yes, I watch horror but the reason I suggest being afraid is because of a documentary titled ’Til Kingdom Come. Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Museum Time

    Museum Time

    It was a very strange feeling.  Wearing masks, yes, and socially distancing, we went to a museum.  Casting my mind back, I can’t recall the last time I was in... Read more

    Posted on 12 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Bible, Or Not?

    Bible, Not?

    Chosenness comes with a price.  Everyone, it seems, wants to feel special.  One way to ensure that feeling is to believe that you were specially chosen by God t... Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Electronic Ritual

    Electronic Ritual

    Religion and horror go naturally together. Perhaps that’s something I instinctively knew as a child, or perhaps it’s something only mature eyes see. It’s clearl... Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Ocean Day

    Ocean

    Yesterday was World Oceans Day.  It’s probably a measure of how busy I’ve been that I missed it until well into the work day.  Environmental care is one of my... Read more

    Posted on 09 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Picture This

    Picture This

    For a writer with limited time, a blog seems like a good idea.  Years ago WordPress emerged as the premier site on which to host such a venture—it was free... Read more

    Posted on 08 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Rolling with Nature

    Rolling with Nature

    Even breakfast can be profound.  I’ve written before how our obsession with breakfast cereal was based one man’s religious conviction. Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Pagan Perspective

    Pagan Perspective

    “I would live in a world of Christ-like humans, but not one full of Christians.” So Kate Horsley’s protagonist Gwynneve writes in Confessions of a Pagan Nun. Read more

    Posted on 06 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Hybrids

    Hybrids

    Photo by Maria Lupan on UnsplashHybrids.  They’re everywhere these days.  From hybrid cars to the modified foods we eat, mixed forms seem to be in style.  I... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY