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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...
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...
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