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Entries from May 2007

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum…

May 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum… · christianity, history

More speculations on history and the development of myth. Gnostic Origins: The word ‘Gnostic’ is being phased out of my working vocabulary, as it fails to provide a consistent, definitive meaning. This word is frequently used as a wide brush to tar all manner of deviations from orthodoxy, yet the more I try to pin […]

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Persecution Complex

May 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Persecution Complex · christianity, culture, history

Another one of those questions that got me started as a child, was “How did Christianity get to be so popular?” The more I learned about it, the less I liked it, and I couldn’t get over the fact that the Roman persecution should have driven the whole thing out of existence very early on. […]

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Moist Towelette

May 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Moist Towelette · christianity, history, ritual

I haven’t given myself the time to really study anything in a while. Riding on airplanes provides a lot of time to read, and it’s really sparked a further round of heretical research better than anything I’ve really done in a while. I had to go back to my original notes, but now I’m hip […]

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Apopos Typos

May 21st, 2007 · Comments Off on Apopos Typos · media

As part of my travel kit, I loaded a number of free text documents to my PDA. I’ve learned to really enjoy reading in this format. One of the books I’m reading now is “A Short History of the Baptists”, by Henry Vedder, which turns out to be a remarkable overview of Christian history – […]

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Of Gods And Devils

May 16th, 2007 · Comments Off on Of Gods And Devils · culture, media

As the hyper-rationalists like Dawkins are on the rise and old-school moralists like Robertson and Falwell are draining away, I find myself, unable to embrace either position, hoping for the mutual destruction of each in some dramatic, dying battle. Selfish Gene was a mind-blowing read, and it allowed me a perspective that has significantly colored […]

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