The United States Has Always Been a Pagan, Socialist Nation, Part II

In Part One I presented an argument that the USA began as a socialist nation. There are already a few people screaming that we are NOT a Socialist nation. No, that’s not what I said. I am using “socialist” in the classic Enlightenment sense, meaning a society that is governed for the benefit of all its people, not for the benefit of any minority. Of course, at the moment we have drifted far from that ideal. [Read more…]

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The United States Has Always Been a Pagan, Socialist Nation

A viable balance between politics and religion is as difficult to achieve and maintain as is such a balance between the partners in a marriage. Neither too close nor too distant will work in the long run. [Read more…]

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Goddess Murder, 29: North to Sonoma, 3

XXXI. North to Sonoma, 3 “Dotty sounds like a fascinating character,” I said, “but that is one of the most improbable biographies I’ve ever heard.” Andy frowned. “Take any thread in history and it will seem improbable. So many other things could have happened. And perhaps they did. Even physicists believe there could be alternative [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 22: Conclusion of The Acts of Mary

XXIV.  Mary Brings the Good News to Gaul [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] We were fortunate for several years in our teaching of the good news to Jews and Greeks alike. Then some of the House of Shammai who had escaped to [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 11: Aphrodiphobia

XIII. The Work Continues, 3 Andy spoke up. “What you’re saying, Alan, is that even the most fundamental Christian beliefs have been corrupted by Aphrodiphobia.” Everyone looked at her in surprise. I hesitated, then said, “I’m sorry, Andrea. The what?” “Aphrodiphobia. It’s a term I coined. Of course you haven’t heard it.” “Fear of Aphrodite?” [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 8: Wedding

X. Wedding [From The Gospel According to Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise] Our Rabbi loved my family in Bethany, my brother Lazarus, my sister Martha, and myself. It happened that Lazarus became extremely ill, and Martha and I sent word to Joshua about our brother’s illness. When [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 7: Talking About Gnostic Gospels

IX. The Work Continues “Okay,” I said. “Has everyone here had a chance to read everybody’s rough drafts?” Some but not all hands went up “Not most of my people,” Megan said. “As courtesy we should at least summarize what we’re looking at,” I said. “Two of these are probably, at least in general, what [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 6: Beginning the Gospel of Mary

VIII. The Beginning of the Gospel According to Mary [Excerpt from the translation by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Wise] I, Mariamne, wife and apostle to Joshua, Mashiach by the grace of our Father and Mother in Heaven, to my beloved daughter, Sarah. This is the testament you and the others have [Read More…]

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On the Novel as Simulation Modeling

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my academic studies progressed from mathematics to poetry, then to theology. What tied those foci together is that each is a system for working with abstract symbols in order to generate maps of possible realities, something like Marianne Moore’s description of poetry as imaginary gardens with real toads [Read More…]

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The Queen Who Is Hidden in the Gospels, Part IV

In Part III of this series, I pointed out that Mk (The Gospel According to Mark) is not a simple reporting of unadorned facts, but is instead a carefully constructed literary masterpiece. That Mark constructed his gospel carefully was actually known in antiquity. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon, in his Detection and Refutation of Knowledge Falsely [Read More…]

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