The Pokey Finger of God

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Nomenclature

August 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Nomenclature · christianity, culture, history

There has been some discussion of late about President Obama’s claim of being Christian. Besides the ones who obliviously presume that he must be Muslim, or parse out of unrelated texts the notion that a presumed birthright to Islam is obligatory, there are others who question whether his Christianity is ‘real’. However, many problems arise […]

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Assertions

October 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Assertions · christianity, culture, history

Following are the assertions I currently use regarding the origin of Christianity. These will likely each be expanded upon over time. 1. Evidence: There is no physical evidence for the existence of a single, rapidly developed mystery cult whose theology or structure singularly informed the post 4th-century Christian church. There is no art, architecture, ritual […]

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People and History

July 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on People and History · culture, history

Two famous biographies are here summarized to make a point about a significant problem in the art of archaeology. The question is whether one can even determine if the character of some ancient story actually lived when all you have are the written records that tell the story. My first subject has defined an entire […]

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Were Early Christians "Hippies"?

February 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Were Early Christians "Hippies"? · christianity, culture, history

I suppose it was inevitable that I would find some connection between my favorite research topics, but I just realized how Diocletian’s Great Persecution of Christians and Nixon’s War on Drugs were very similar actions on the part of both heads of state. Both occur during a time of difficult military engagements in which an […]

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Mu Quiz

June 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Mu Quiz · Uncategorized

Who wrote the Bible? George Cluney Abraham Lincoln Billy Graham Albert Einstein Stanislaw Lem Fabio Cher Ronaldino Prince Rumplestiltskin Just kidding. None of the Biblical writers had two names. Who really wrote the Bible? Gotcha again! Which of the following are exclusively responsible for the Bible? Moses Hezekiah Ezra Paul Constantine No clue? Okay, here’s […]

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Top Ten: Burning Bush

June 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Top Ten: Burning Bush · history

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, […]

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War on Christianity

March 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on War on Christianity · christianity, culture, history, media

There’s yet another war on. Sheesh. I just can’t keep up! It seems that that another poor, defenseless minority — white, Republican Protestants — are being singled out and attacked by wild nomadic packs of uncontrolled, raging homosexuals. It’s true. I read about it on the Internet. Now while I might have a few friends […]

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God Gave Jews the Promised Land

August 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on God Gave Jews the Promised Land · history, intentional communities

Mom asked me about this, and I rarely need much incentive to rant uncontrollably about the Zionist conspiracy. Heh, heh. “Where does it explain,” she asked, looking at my newest historical atlas, “why the Jews think God gave them that land?” I couldn’t break it down into a ten-second answer, so I think I changed […]

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Cincinnati's No. 1 tourist attraction

May 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Cincinnati's No. 1 tourist attraction · media

Chuckle de jour: Ohio’s Creationism Museum There must be something in the water in those midwest states. Maybe an overdose of chemical fertilizers and bovine hormones in the water or something, right? After you’re done laughing at this outrageous fool, consider his museum in the context of dadaist art. Every museum display is a combination […]

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Does anybody really know what day it is?

June 21st, 2004 · Comments Off on Does anybody really know what day it is? · culture, intentional communities, media

I was at Ruta Maya on Sunday with and our families (they’ve got a kid’s show every Sunday morning — very entertaining!) when he finds there and shares with me a booklet with a 13-month, lunar calendar with a brochure proclaiming they were “solving the evolutionary crisis”. Being previously unaware of an “evolutionary crisis”, I […]

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