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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 ( 3168 )

  • 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
  • Candid Camera

    Candid Camera

    Early on in the pandemic, various meeting leaders—whether Zoom or Teams—asked participants to put on their cameras.  The point was that, missing seeing other... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Whose DNA?

    The name Francis Crick will forever be associated with the discovery of the double helix of the DNA molecule.  Indeed, he co-won a Nobel Prize for that... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Post-Literate?

    Post-Literate?

    Who would’ve thought that publishing could be a scary industry in which to work?  Apart from the constant changes, that is.  Or maybe the changes are the... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Watching The Witch

    Watching Witch

    Good things often come in small packages. I’ve read a couple of Brandon Grafius’ books before, and I’ve had The Witch on my reading list since I found out... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Heart of Memorial Day

    Heart Memorial

    The Memorial Day will be a somber one for the many people who’ve lost someone due to Covid-19.  Even as those who know that science can help to bring a... Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Buried Truths

    Buried Truths

    I owe a lot to fossils.  Growing up just a block from a fossil-laden river in western Pennsylvania, as a kid I’d go fossil hunting with my brothers.  They... Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Persistence of Forgetfulness

    Persistence Forgetfulness

    It has happened twice this past week.  Maybe you’ve noticed, but probably I’m presuming too much.  Last Sunday and Thursday past, there were no posts on this... Read more

    Posted on 29 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Fragility

    Fragility

    Who doesn’t like a play? Since I’ve been reading many lengthy novels this year I like to intersperse them with some shorter pieces of literature. Many of us... Read more

    Posted on 28 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Come Together

    Come Together

    When’s the last time a commercial made you cry?  Well, made you cry for joy?   A colleague sent me this commercial for chewing gum that left me nearly... Read more

    Posted on 26 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Outside Subjects

    Outside Subjects

    As an erstwhile biblical scholar—the lines of time separating things are sometimes not easily discerned—I have to keep reminding myself to pay attention to thos... Read more

    Posted on 25 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Kafkaesque

    Kafkaesque

    Although it’s a bit early—it’s never really too early—I just finished a banned book. One of the main reasons I do annual book challenges is to help keep myself... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Is This Contact?

    This Contact?

    And speaking of the X-Files—but ah, I shouldn’t jest! In fact, I strongly advocate avoiding the ridicule response when a claim seems outlandish. Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Out There

    There

    Do you see them?While recently re-watching an X-Files episode, I noticed something odd. A quick online search revealed that I wasn’t the only one to notice... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Slippery Slope

    Slippery Slope

    Maybe you store your data on an external drive.  Tech companies want you to put everything on the cloud, but I like to know where my data are.  The problem is... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Perhaps You’d Like…

    Perhaps You’d Like…

    Back in the early days of the internet I recall wondering how it could be used for research.  I was teaching at Nashotah House at the time and knew of no... Read more

    Posted on 19 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Nihil Obstat

    Nihil Obstat

    Intolerance within religions has been on my mind lately.  Every religion has a history and the study of that history demonstrates that religious leadership... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • The Unholy Trio

    Unholy Trio

    Culture has a powerful prophylactic component.  People don’t want to be seen questioning authority and accepted “truths.”  This is especially the case as they... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2021 POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY