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February 02, 2018
The Long, Long, Story of Groundhog Day
I originally published a version of this piece at RealClearReligion back in 2013. I say...
January 26, 2018
Slavery, Euphemism, and the New Testament
Translation is a difficult and devious process. You can render the individual words used perfectly...
January 22, 2018
The Square and the Tower
British historian Niall Ferguson recently published The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the...
January 19, 2018
Supernatural Histories, German and American
I have blogged repeatedly on various esoteric and occult themes, including Freemasonry and Theosophy, so...
January 12, 2018
Reading Year 2018! in Year 2018
In my teenage years, I operated on the assumption that real life was a crutch...
January 08, 2018
What Athanasius Decided
The New York Times recently published a wonderful article entitled A Fragile Biblical Text Gets...
January 05, 2018
Grasped by Darkness
The Christmas readings in our church featured the magnificent Prologue to John’s Gospel, about the...
December 29, 2017
Our Next War Debate
My blogs normally address some kind of religious issue, and this one, strictly speaking, does...
December 25, 2017
Reading Caedmon at Christmas
Christmas is at once a feast of Creation and Incarnation, as the two stories are...
December 22, 2017
God’s Other Son
Yes, there is another son of God in the gospels.
December 15, 2017
Witches, Witchcraft, and Ronald Hutton
I have blogged a lot on themes of paganism, "folk horror," and witchcraft, so this...
December 11, 2017
Reinventing Christianity After Rome
I have been posting about the collapse of Roman society in Britain in the fifth...
December 08, 2017
Infidels, Demons, Witches, and Quakers
I have an article out in the new issue of Fides et Historia, under the...
December 01, 2017
Divination – A Most Neglected Most Important Element of Religion
Now this is a treat! I was recently corresponding with the excellent English scholar of...
November 27, 2017
Christian Apocrypha and Alternative Scriptures
At the recent meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, I spoke on...
November 24, 2017
Warlords, War-bands, and Saints
Last time, I talked about the collapse of the old Roman order in Britain in...
November 17, 2017
A Lost Century, and a Slipped Date
I have posted often at this site on the subject of the “Dark Ages,” or...
November 13, 2017
Inventing the Christian Priesthood
I’ve been discussing the Christian church at an early stage in its development, around 200...
November 10, 2017
Inventing The Clergy
I have been working on the early church, mainly the era of Tertullian, around 200...
November 03, 2017
Living with the Gods
This is by way of a rave recommendation. If you have any taste for podcasts,...
October 30, 2017
The First Christians and the Urban Thesis
I recently posted on the question of Christian numbers around 200 AD. Since then, I...
October 27, 2017
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers plenty of opportunity to commemorate, but also to...
October 20, 2017
I recently discovered a new word that will be really useful for me in writing...
October 16, 2017
From Wessex to the Exodus
Sometimes, scholarship from one era of history can throw quite unexpected light on a totally...
October 13, 2017
And Today’s Mystery Hymn Is ….
My church recently sang one of my favorite hymns, a hugely popular standard piece known...
October 06, 2017
Vietnam and the Anti-War Movement: The Missing Dimension
I have now watched the whole of the PBS documentary series on The Vietnam War....
October 02, 2017
Reformation, Science, and Modernity
I recently spoke at an excellent conference held at Hong Kong Baptist University, on the...
September 29, 2017
Forgetting Christian Spain
"In the West ... early Christianity has lost its history." That powerful statement demands some...
September 22, 2017
How Many Christians?
Just how many Christians were there in AD 200?
September 18, 2017
The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World
My new book Crucible of Faith is out tomorrow, September 19. I summarized the main...
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