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Idris Lives

It’s a common theme in many mythologies to have a figure who is regarded as the inventor of writing, and often also a keeper of esoteric knowledge. Greek mythology had Hermes, the Egyptians had Thoth, Babylon had Nabu, and Judaism … 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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I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

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When Women Fight, Only Men Benefit

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy – I first heard of Mona when she appeared on Bill Maher several years ago, and I found her quite charismatic. I have to wonder if … Continue reading

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God Wants You to Be a Jerk

I’m generally in favor of religious freedom. After all, if I don’t respect people’s right to believe what they want or think is true, why would they respect mine? What I don’t favor is when people use religious tradition as … Continue reading

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Gladly the Chrono Cross I’d Bear

Chrono Trigger is a somewhat unusual game in that it kills off its main character. The hero, known as “Crono” because the game only allows for five-character names, is taken out by the alien parasite Lavos in the Kingdom of … Continue reading

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The Zeal Deal

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan – This book received a certain amount of notoriety due to a really stupid interview on Fox News, when Lauren Green asked why a Muslim would write about … Continue reading

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The Virgin and the Houri

It’s a popular notion these days that Islamic terrorists believe they’ll be rewarded with seventy-two virgins in Paradise. Why seventy-two? There’s somewhat of a justification for this, but as usual the meme only tells part of the story. The Quran … Continue reading

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Gog and Magog’s Apocalyptic Adventure

Since I still, at least to a certain extent, have apocalypse on the brain, I draw your attention to Revelation 20:7-10. “When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive … Continue reading

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When Allah Ends It All

What I know about Islamic eschatology indicates that their beliefs about the end of the world aren’t too different from those of most other religions. In fact, as with much of Islam, it appears that a significant portion of it … Continue reading

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