The Pokey Finger of God

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Moses in the High Places

March 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Moses in the High Places · Uncategorized

According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times. Writing in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy, he says concoctions based on the bark of the acacia tree, frequently mentioned in the Old […]

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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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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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Questions from a seeker 2

September 14th, 2003 · Comments Off on Questions from a seeker 2 · history, metaphysics, ritual

Dear Seeker — You ask: I’m perplexed by the “magick” involved with Yahweh “one-upping” the Egyptian Magicians with various magick. Were these “magick-offs” a common occurrence? Are these things actually documented elsewhere? I’m curious as to what type of magick we’re talking about here. It is mentioned that some of the plagues did not affect […]

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Ten Suggestions

August 23rd, 2003 · Comments Off on Ten Suggestions · culture, history

Roy Moore, the Alabama judge who refused to move the Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse has been suspended (with pay, natch) for not fulfilling an order by a federal judge. “Roy’s Rock” will be moved by Monday, if not sooner. A few years ago, a local homeless lawyer unsuccessfully sued to get the […]

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