Category Archives: Judaism

Away From Armageddon

I have a movie and a miniseries to review this time. They’re not very similar, but they do both relate to religion. Constantine’s Sword – This documentary film from 2007 was based on an earlier book by former priest James … Continue reading

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A Day for Esther

Purim ends at sundown today. I can’t say I grew up knowing much at all about Jewish holidays. I wonder if kids growing up in New York City do, or if they just know that they’re days some people get … Continue reading

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What a Piece of Crap Is Man

It’s interesting that Satan’s rebellion against God has become such a significant part of the mythology of the Abrahamic religions, when there isn’t a whole lot of support for the idea in the Bible. It’s described in Revelation, but the … Continue reading

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When Humanity Grows Up

One idea I’ve come across is that the whole of humanity is maturing over time, much as individuals do. It seems to be particularly prominent as a teaching in the Baha’i faith, but I’ve seen it other places as well. … Continue reading

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Consider Yourself Debrotherized

Since I looked into possible meanings of the story of Cain and Abel not long ago, that led me to the TV Tropes page of characters named Cain, or variants thereof. There are a lot of them across various media, … Continue reading

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The Simple Life

Something I’ve been looking into recently is the idea that the book of Genesis has, at least in parts, a bias against civilization. I don’t mean so much in the sense of polite behavior, but as in the more historical … Continue reading

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Conflicting Covenants

One thing I’ve heard a fair amount for Christians that doesn’t seem to really hold up is that Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection freed believers from the Jewish law. And yet the same people will quote verses from Leviticus to condemn … Continue reading

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