The Pokey Finger of God

meditations on religion and culture

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This blog consists entirely of the words of myself, Chris “Xephyr” Burton. I’ll try to keep the topics in this space confined to religion and culture. My words and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other group or organization. I am not speaking in this space as a member or representative of any group or organization, but as a sincere student of human culture.

I have lived in Texas my entire life. Raised in the rustic isolation of the panhandle, I have made my spiritual and physical home in the verdant state capitol for twenty years. Attracted by the luxurious and bountiful flora and fauna, the lazy river, and the deeply interwoven musical cultures, I built my life here among loving friends and family.

I am an amateur historian and armchair archaeologist who enjoys exploring ancient civilizations and specializes in Biblical cultures. A web applications developer by day, I write my observations and meditations related to religion and culture here in this blog. I hope you enjoy what you see and add your comments whenever you have something to contribute.

Religion has always been important to me. I was raised Episcopalian, but walked away at 16 to become a Buddhist, then pagan. I’ve studied all manner of occult arts and theological history and have actively participated in the creation of more than one pagan cult. My interest in Christian history was revitalized by my explorations into Medieval occultism, which drew me into an exciting new world all on its own. Earth-shaking, ground-wrenching discoveries have been made in the last fifty years which completely change the way historians and archaeologists look at the beginnings of Christianity, and my introduction to the field was the Dead Sea Scrolls — possibly the most important discovery of all.

My writing over the past five years tracks the development of my own understanding of the history of the or the ancient Hebrews. At no point do I claim to have discovered the great truth, the final answer, or the ultimate realization. My understanding is always subject to further review, because the nature of archeology is that someone always finds the next clue that changes everything about how people view history.