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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 ( 3198 )

  • 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
  • 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