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So Long, and Thanks

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:59:10 +00002013-11-30T19:59:10Z

This will be my last post here at about.com.  I have had a wonderful four years here.  I have gotten a few questions about where I can be found now, and the best place to look is http://blog.cnbeyer.com.  I'm just setting it up (and I'm in the middle of a semester) so there's a little construction dust, but you can find news on new projects there.  The blog addresses a variety of topics, not just religions.

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Article Round-Up

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:07:49 +00002013-11-18T13:07:49Z

I will be leaving About.com at the end of the month.  As such, the next couple weeks will be a potpourri of articles I have previously finished but am just now posting.

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Reading Bible Code

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:32:50 +00002013-10-28T12:32:50Z

I am teaching a new class at the university.  It's modern western history, as opposed to the pre-modern history I more frequently teach.  In discussing the Scientific Revolution, we, of course, discuss Sir Isaac Newton, who was basically the Stephen Hawking of the 17th century.  (They even held the same position at Cambridge University.)

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Samhain and Halloween

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:23:08 +00002013-10-28T12:23:08Z

As a historian of European history, issues of holidays are frequently a time of frustration as I shuffle through the usual internet clutter of pseudo-historical claims of Christianity "stealing holidays."  Are there similarities?  Absolutely.  Was it deliberate?  Sometimes. Did it just rewrite older traditions in the hopes of fooling pagans?  Not a chance.

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Article Round-up: Snoop Lion, Pantheism, Operation Snow White and More

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:06:46 +00002013-09-30T14:06:46Z

September marks the beginning of my semester, which is more hectic than most.  As such, I've been rather absent from the blog.  Here are this month's new articles:

Pantheism and Baruch Spinoza - Pantheism is the belief that God and the universe are one and the same.  The idea was popularized in the 17th century by Baruch Spinoza, who provided deep rational and philosophical arguments for his position and was excommunicated by the Dutch Jewish community for it.

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Limits on Interfaith Marriage

Sun, 25 Aug 2013 02:26:03 +00002013-08-25T02:26:03Z

Both culture and religion tell us it is only appropriate to marry certain people, although different cultures and religion might tell us very different things.  This may be about age (you can't marry a child), gender (only someone of opposite gender), race (marriage between whites and blacks was actually illegal in may US states well into the middle of the 20th century), family (can't marry your sibling), etc.

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Review of "Beyond Belief"

Sun, 25 Aug 2013 01:51:18 +00002013-08-25T01:51:18Z

Beyond Belief is the autobiography of Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of David Miscavige, current head of the Church of Scientology.  She was born into the religion, and both of her parents were raised within it as well.  As such, she gives a refreshingly complex picture of life as a dedicated Scientologist, including how things were rationalized and what her multiple motivations were for staying or leaving.

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Death of Lee Thompson Young and Yoruba Religion

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:53:52 +00002013-08-21T22:53:52Z

First of all, I get rather nauseated at the way our media flocks to celebrity deaths.  Reporting on an event is one thing, but encouraging spurious theories - particularly if they are scandalous - done entirely to boost readership is rather awful in my book.

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Reza Aslan and Academic Discussions of Religions

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:36:11 +00002013-08-01T11:36:11Z

This week, Fox News anchor Lauren Green shook up the blogosphere in an interview with author and professor Reza Aslan.  Her first question about Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth was about why he, as a Muslim, would write about Jesus.  That's right, first question out of the gate was about his faith rather than anything in the book.

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New Shapes and Symbols

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 04:15:46 +00002013-07-27T04:15:46Z

I think I'm pretty much finished with common meanings of geometric shapes, unless someone has a suggestion.  I've added squares (which frequently are used like crosses, which is one of the reasons it's been on the back-burner) as well as the more complicated symbols like 10- and 12-pointed stars, which are much more rare than the basic shapes I have previously covered.

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