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Across Rivers Wide

Blessed Are the Cherry-Pickers: In Defense of Selective Beliefs

Some religious people often get criticized for "picking and choosing" their beliefs, but that can be more fruitful than you might expect.

Able To Choose

The Unseen Stalker (Who Is Watching You While You Read This)

I still remember my first night of summer back at my parent’s house after my first year of college. Nobody would have accused me of being a weirdo, wimp, or nerd back then, yet – I had my own demons. Literally. Lying awake in bed with my eyes glued open, fixated on an area of [Read More...]

A Tippling Philosopher

What God Actually Said (Or Didn’t) To My Readers

As I wrote the other day: What I want to know, from my ex-religious readers, is about your relationsip with God. Not what was happening in reality, but what was happening in your head, in your own created reality? How did you feel that God actually interacted with you? What sort of things did God [Read More...]


The Strange Medieval Tale of Judas’ Aerial Battle With (and Rape of) Jesus

  The Toledot Yeshu is a notoriously elusive text—or rather, a sort of corpus of related texts, some originally written in Aramaic, but mainly surviving in Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages. At heart, the Toledot is a polemical Jewish anti-Christian work, describing the birth and life of Jesus in decidedly negative, slanderous terms. The composition of various parts of the text(s) has been dated to [Read More...]

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