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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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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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Aslan Is Just All Right with Me

The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventure in Narnia, by Laura Miller – The author, a writer for Salon, takes a look back at some of her favorite books from her youth. At age thirteen, Miller felt betrayed when she found … Continue reading

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Give Me Resurrection or Give Me Death!

I’ve looked at the concept of gods dying and being resurrected before, and it really seems like there’s a tendency to ascribe more similarities to the various myths of the sort than there really are. It’s a common theme, but … Continue reading

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Programming in Paschal

Easter, as the Church Fathers rather confusingly decided, is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Well, to be totally technical about it, I believe it’s after the first full moon after 21 … Continue reading

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Bari-ed Alive

Picture source: Jack Lee’s Art Seeing as how it’s Easter weekend, I thought it might be appropriate to write about a deity who dies and is reborn, as Jesus was said to have done nearly 2000 years ago. It’s been … Continue reading

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Save Our Souls

There’s a saying that I’m sure you’ve come across on occasion: “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” It’s often misattributed to C.S. Lewis, but I don’t think he ever actually said anything of … Continue reading

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