The Pokey Finger of God

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Book: Janus in Nicea

March 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Book: Janus in Nicea · christianity, history, Janus in Nicea, media

Quite a milestone was reached last week when I published my book, Janus in Nicea.  I had started this blog some years ago when I realized that the state of my study of Early Church history was such that it needed a home away from Live Journal. After continued work in it, I received a […]

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Jah Calling

July 26th, 2008 · Comments Off on Jah Calling · christianity, history

At the root of Judaism is a written history of people to whom Yah has spoken. These people, we are told, had direct, immediate, and personal knowledge of God. They spoke with him. He answered. His words became the driving force for their actions. This is exactly the sort of individual congress with the divine […]

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Abraham of the Chaldees

December 17th, 2005 · Comments Off on Abraham of the Chaldees · history

Ancient Civilization Unearthed in Syria The Tell Hamoukar Survey 2000-2001 (University of Chicago) Archeologists have discovered the ruins of forgotten cities older than most of the other great Mesopotamian city states, but much further north up the Euphrates valley than anyone had expected. In fact, the prevailing theories on the development of ancient civilization say […]

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Spiritual Onanism

June 19th, 2004 · Comments Off on Spiritual Onanism · culture, history

Somewhere in this article is a phrase used by a Catholic cardinal to describe all non-Christian religions, both ancient and New Age: “spiritual auto-eroticism”. I’m almost certain this was intended to be derisive and dismissive, and it is quite surely an honest response from this prelate. What’s funny is that outside of the Catholic context, […]

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