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July 14, 2017
The World Set Free
Sometimes you see phrases and passages that are so provocative that they cry out to...
July 10, 2017
Counting Baptists and Naming Baptists
Unlike virtually all Christian churches and denominations, Baptists are not witnessing a fundamental shift of...
July 07, 2017
Theosophy and the Rise of the Modern
Last time, I described the enormous attraction of the Theosophical movement in the early twentieth...
June 30, 2017
No Religion Higher Than Truth; or, Why Theosophy Matters
Theosophy is (a) a fringe esoteric/religious movement founded in the 1870s, one of many such...
June 23, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Theosophy and the Esoteric Tradition
I have been posting about the widespread knowledge of alternative gospels and scriptures that existed...
June 19, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Melville’s “Lost Gnostic Poem”
In 1891, Herman Melville published his final book, a collection of poems entitled Timoleon. I...
June 16, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Gustav Holst’s Hymn of Jesus
I have been posting about the quite widespread knowledge of alternative and apocryphal scriptural texts...
June 12, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Finding the First Scrolls
I began this "Alternative Scriptures" series by noting the discovery of a “Dead Sea Scroll”...
June 09, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: A Bit Of Bible Long Lost
How an American poet popularized the Gospel of Thomas
June 07, 2017
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites West of the Mississippi
If you're traveling in the western United States this summer, consider visiting some more of...
June 06, 2017
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites East of the Mississippi
Let The Anxious Bench help you plan your summer travels, as we share some of...
June 02, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Jesus, the Zadokites, and the Women’s Home Companion
I have been posting on the modern discovery of Biblical Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha, and suggesting...
May 29, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Finding Sirach
I have been posting about the astonishing wave of scriptural and Bible-related discoveries at the...
May 26, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Beyond the New Testament
Many believe that only in recent times have we rediscovered the extraordinary breadth and complexity...
May 21, 2017
Dr. Who and the Vatican
Last night’s Dr. Who episode, “Extremis,” presented some vicious media stereotypes of Catholicism… well, no,...
May 19, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: Which Old Testament?
In 1915, the Kansas City Star published a short religion column on the theme of...
May 15, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: From Qumran to Christ
Ever since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940s, many writers have...
May 12, 2017
Alternative Scriptures: The First Discovery of Qumran
As I remarked, the early twentieth century was a thrilling time for anyone interested in...
May 05, 2017
Alternative Scriptures and Necessary Amnesia
It is difficult to think of a modern "radical" theory about Christian origins that was...
May 04, 2017
Spreading the Faith: Other Paths
Recently, I was writing about issues of mission, migration and religious change. It occurs to...
May 01, 2017
Languages of Command
I posted recently about how people in many (most) societies mix and match different languages,...
April 28, 2017
People Like Us
Earlier this year, President Trump complained about the media’s failure to pay due attention to...
April 21, 2017
Of Slavs, Slaves, Vikings, and Genetics
I recently had a DNA test to help trace my ancestry, and the result surprised...
April 17, 2017
And Battles Long Ago
I have often posted on themes of history, memory, and forgetting, and some recent news...
April 14, 2017
Lost Christian Nubia
A spectacular recent find in northern Africa throws new light on early church history, but...
April 07, 2017
American Violence: Honor and the American Difference
At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was an exceptionally violent country,...
April 04, 2017
American Violence: Things Fall Apart
I have been posting about the extreme violence that characterized US life around the turn...
March 31, 2017
American Violence: Western Mythologies
I posted on the extreme violence that characterized the United States around the turn of...
March 24, 2017
American Violence: The Long Civil War
I know the American Civil War happened, but I’m not too sure when, how, or...
March 20, 2017
What Has Technology Ever Done For Us?
This may seem like a silly question, but how much influence has modern communication technology...
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