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Growing Gods?

Why would a temple in swampy ground be dedicated to Artemis? There was an extremely interesting paper in a recent edition of Antiquity, Rocks, views, soils and plants at the temples of ancient Greece by Gregory J. Retallack. He’s been looking at the...

On Gods and Ghosts

A sad ghost. Photo (cc) Deathwaves. Following on from the previous ramble I think I may have finally discovered the difference between a God and a Ghost. It’s context. Any definition of a ghost you come up with based on its form could be applied to a minor god....

Is lust for power a basic human attribute?

Lust for Power rather than Lust.Photo (cc) Rachel a.k. Ron Ferguson has been writing at the Herald, For good or ill, religion is a basic human need. I disagree with most of it. Some lines like: The attempts to provide evolutionary reasons for the widespread...

Bad news for the Christians

There’s a 1st century BC tablet which has been found predicting a Messiah that will rise after three days. I can’t really see this shaking Christianity by connecting it to Judaism. The whole concept of a Messiah is Jewish. It’s not like Judea was...

…but is it the opiate of the masses?

The Choice of Heracles, Paolo di Matteis, 1712 What is it that makes a happy life? People have been asking that for millennia and I have a few minutes while I wait to collect someone, so I might not have a comprehensive answer. The reason I’m asking is that...