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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...
September 15, 2017
Churches, Mosques and Temples: Who Came First?
One really divisive issue in European religion these days concerns the question of “Who came...
September 08, 2017
Teaching Religion: Universal Ideas?
In my last post, I tried to identify some of the universals in human nature...
September 04, 2017
Teaching Religion: Building Blocks of Faith
Recently, I discussed teaching courses in Religious Studies, and specifically in World Religions. I always...
September 01, 2017
The Media Mangle a Religion Story, Again
No, this is not going to shake the foundations of faith.
August 25, 2017
Teaching Religion: A Year in the Life
For many years, I taught an introductory Religious Studies course on World Religions. On several...
August 21, 2017
Crucible of Faith
My new book will be out shortly. This is Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution...
August 18, 2017
A Book of Signs
I have been posting about the early chapters of John’s Gospel, and how an author
August 11, 2017
A Wedding at Cana
Over the past couple of years, I have posted several times on the Gospel of...
August 07, 2017
The Aquatic Gospel
I have been discussing the story of Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, and particularly...
August 04, 2017
Depending on the church calendar you might follow, one day in early August commemorates St....
July 28, 2017
Five Rivers Flowing Out Of Paradise
Five rivers flowed out of Paradise, and we all know their names. That may sound...
July 24, 2017
The Last Religion Standing
What will be the last religion standing?
July 21, 2017
Ancient Pagan Ways, Continued
I did quite a few blogposts last year about the possible survival of ancient pagan...
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