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Aslan Will Provide

When reading Katherine Langrish’s reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia while having the theme of civilization on my mind, I thought about how Narnia is considerably more anti-civilization than Oz, even if I don’t recall the word being used (which … 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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Take Out the Tash

While The Last Battle might well be the weakest book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, I was always struck by the appearance of Tash, the bloodthirsty god of Calormen. This nation, located to the south of Narnia, is largely … Continue reading

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Armenia, City in the Sky

I can’t say as I know a whole lot about Armenia, but my Wikipedia e-mail for today mentioned that today is the 4505th anniversary of the traditional date of its founding. Mind you, I don’t think there’s any first-hand evidence … Continue reading

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Babylon Bound

A book I recently read, Diana Wynne Jones’s Deep Secret, makes heavy use of a nursery rhyme that’s apparently quite common in the United Kingdom, and dates back to at least the nineteenth century. The rhyme is as follows: How … Continue reading

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All Right, THIS Time for Sure!

It’s weird when people insist that we’re living in the End Times because of evidence in the Bible, when I think reading the Bible is a good indication that this is a false alarm. Biblical prophets have been predicting that … Continue reading

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Rasta Row the Boat Ashore

In my series of religion posts, I’ve been examining different religions, explaining what I know about them and trying to find out more. I’m running out of major religions to cover, but here’s another one from the twentieth century: Rastafarianism. … Continue reading

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Better Than Ezra

The origins of most traditional religions are lost in the mists of ancient history, leaving only myths behind. Despite what biblical literalists might argue, Judaism is no exception to this. Modern scholars can’t be totally sure Moses even existed, let … Continue reading

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Nabu Puts It in Writing

It seems that most pantheons of gods have a member who serves as a scribe, although that’s often but one of the deity’s functions. The Greeks give that position to Hermes, also the messenger god, deity of commerce, and patron … Continue reading

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Make Mine Marduk

Even a casual study in the history of religion will reveal that a significant part of its development is based not on anything supernatural, but on all too human political matters. It’s been pretty much the norm that conquering tribes … Continue reading

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