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Quran So Far Away

I’ve now read through the Quran, mostly using this translation. I know it’s really only considered authentic in Arabic, but I can’t read that language. Discussing Islam can be kind of awkward, especially because the amount of Islamophobia in the … Continue reading

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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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