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On Earth as It Is in Heaven

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, by Jeff Sharlet – I think I first heard about the secretive fundamentalist Christian organization known as the Family or the Fellowship on Bill Maher years ago, and I … Continue reading

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Jezebel of the Ba’al

Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen, by Lesley Hazleton – This book examines the reputation of one of the most infamous figures in the Bible, the wife of King Ahab of Israel and daughter of the King … Continue reading

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It’s in Revelations, People!

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, by Elaine Pagels – I’ve written quite a bit on the book of Revelation, sometimes in relation to modern Christians who can’t wait for the world to end, but also … Continue reading

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A Russian Religious Rip-Off

Slavic mythology is not as well attested as the beliefs of other contemporary societies, with records being sparse. Still, it appears that at least one of the main gods, if not THE main god, was a storm deity named Perun. … Continue reading

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Better Go See Elijah

I’ve written about the prophet Elijah a few times, but I’ve only just become aware of a rabbinical tradition that identifies him as the same person as Phinehas. So who was Phinehas? He was the son of Eleazar, who in … Continue reading

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Putting the Chemosh On

A little research into Biblical history reveals that, before becoming monotheistic, the worship of Yahweh that would eventually develop into Judaism was henotheistic. That is, while Yahweh was viewed as the main god and the national deity of Israel and … Continue reading

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Going Up

Today is another Christian holiday that doesn’t get much press these days, Ascension Thursday. This is when Jesus, after being resurrected on Easter Sunday and hanging around for forty days, ascended bodily into Heaven. I’m sure we’ve all seen the … Continue reading

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