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A Real Pagan-Turner

Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity, by James J. O’Donnell – This book basically covers the switch from polytheistic religion to Christianity in the Roman Empire, largely looking at it from the point of view … Continue reading

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Doubters of the Divine

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, by Tim Whitmarsh – This book is partially a response to the idea that atheism is a new idea, a product of the age of science and reason that turns against ancient … Continue reading

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From Carpenter to Creator

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, by Bart D. Erhman – Erhman, a scholar of early Christianity and a former fundamentalist who’s now an agnostic, has written several informative and enjoyable books on Biblical … Continue reading

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The Divine Competition

As someone who doesn’t believe in any gods, it’s rather curious to me that the major religions in the world today are all monotheistic, while back in the day they were all polytheistic. Akhenaten certainly didn’t have much luck introducing … Continue reading

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God in the Flesh

Are gods physical beings? It appears that, in general, earlier cultures considered them to be such, but religion has developed away from that idea toward that of their being pure spirit. Of course, gods can TAKE physical form if they … Continue reading

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Demotion to Demons

One of many reasons I’m skeptical of religion, or at least of why one religion is better than another, is how political it all seems. The most successful religion in a particular nation or region isn’t necessarily the one that … Continue reading

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Idol Wild

I’ve been reading a book on legends from ancient Israel, which includes a few stories on Abraham, who is sometimes considered to be the first monotheist in history. Obviously this would be difficult to prove, especially since it’s not even … Continue reading

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