Tag Archives: mary magdalene

Zugzwang Got Me in a Way

Dragon Quest V is sort of a sequel to Dragon Quest IV, which sounds painfully obvious, but really isn’t. The numbers simply refer to release order, not the order in which the games take place; and many of them aren’t … Continue reading

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Holy Family Reunion

I’ve examined Jesus’ immediate family before, but what about beyond that? John 19:25 refers to a woman named Mary of Clopas, called as Jesus’ “mother’s sister,” being present at the crucifixion. But since his mother was named Mary, does that … Continue reading

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Mission: Apostle

Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend, by Bart D. Ehrman – I quite enjoy Ehrman’s books on early Christianity, and this one is no exception. Published in 2006, it discusses the historical data … Continue reading

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Nine-Tenths of the Law

While exorcism is certainly no longer as prominent as it once was, it hasn’t died out by any means, and might even be on the rise. This Unreasonable Faith post cites a survey that found a few hundred exorcists operating … Continue reading

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Tarasque Syndrome

The blog Daily Window on a World of Wonder recently featured pictures of St. Martha with a dragon-like creature, which obviously intrigued me. It turns out that this creature is the Tarasque, a monster with six legs, a shell, a … Continue reading

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Anoint Me Slowly

I’ve recently seen it suggested that the practice of anointing an official in oil dates back to Egypt, where such a ceremony is represented in images of coronations. It has been proposed that, symbolically speaking, the anointment transfers the power … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Celsus

Christianity attracted criticism from followers of other religions (and no religion) from its early days, and some of those criticisms are still in use today by heretics like me. {g} A man named Celsus was one of the better-known critics, … Continue reading

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