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Apocalypse How, Part 1

A Secular, Cyclical Reading of Revelation In this multi-part post, I provide a rationalist reinterpretation of the apocalyptic End Times prophecies of Christianity. As with the Old Testament analysis series, my goal is to allow the texts to speak for themselves, while showing how they relate to our modern context. Of course, Joseph Atwill has shown that those same End Times prophecies referred to […]

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Isaac and the Fortunate Scions

In this installment of the Old Testament series, we will review the curious ‘life’ of Isaac, the only son of Abraham ‘that counted’, and the father of Jacob, the metaphoric avatar for Israel. Jacob, in turn gave twelve grandsons to Abraham, and again we find that one appears to have ‘counted’ for more than the rest: Judah, who bequeathed […]

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The Freemason in the Rye

J D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is a work with many mysteries attached to it: perhaps the least of which is that, though it is both incoherent and morally destructive, it has been forced-fed by America’s public school system to America’s adolescents for sixty years. A mystery more often cited by the public press, […]

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Even Jove G’nows

With the recent opening of the movie Jupiter Ascending, we are treated to a futuristic science fiction thriller by the Wachowskis, in some ways akin to their famous Matrix Trilogy. Unlike The Matrix, this film has failed to achieve either critical acclaim or commercial success: no doubt, because the uninitiated (typical) movie critic or fan sees only a boring […]

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Richard Carrier: meet Barnum & Bailey.

A slogan (attributed apocryphally to PT Barnum) holds that there is no such thing as bad publicity. And it can safely be said that Richard Carrier’s scathing review of Joe Atwill and the Flavian Origins theory of Christianity brings this slogan to mind. At our Postflaviana website, we do not mind returning the favor; as […]

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