The Pokey Finger of God

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Entries from January 2006

Moses supposes his toeses are roses

January 26th, 2006 · Comments Off on Moses supposes his toeses are roses · history, ritual

Few characters in the Bible loom as large or stand as central throughout the Bible as Moses. If it wasn’t for Moses stories, I don’t know that there would be Jews or Christians or Muslems. The Hebrew Moses is similar in many respects to another hero in the Greek tradition: Heracles. Stories wild and amazing […]

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Democracy and Culture

January 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Democracy and Culture · culture

When I was very young and I was learning about government for the first time, my initial judgment was that our government was carefully contrived to make it as difficult as possible for one person or group to hold power for very long, while simultaneously preventing anything from ever getting done. I recall also making […]

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Magic in the Bible

January 12th, 2006 · Comments Off on Magic in the Bible · ritual

A long time ago, before folks had popes or corporate arbiters of faith to consult on matters of the spirit, they were a little more cavalier about seeking personal gnosis. We do ourselves few favors today to assume that the patriarchs and heroes of the Bible would have suffered the same circumscription of their spiritual […]

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