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The Emperor Julian – last ‘pagan’ ruler of the Roman Empire

The emperor Julian ruled the Roman Empire for a brief 20 months in 361-3, after a 50-year period of Christianity as the state religion under Constantine and Constantius II. Immediately on assuming the role with the death of Constantius II, … Continue reading

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Where are all the travel posts?

If you follow the Suppository Depository for my travel posts, I have decided to create a brand new blog just for travel stories! It’s called The Great World, and you can find it here: I encourage travel enthusiasts to … Continue reading

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Another detour: What is Shia Islam?

Before we progress deeper along the Iranian tourist trail, it’s is a good time to clarify the dominant (95%) Muslim sect in Iran, Shi’ism. To the outsider, the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam appear slight, even trivial. Both apply the confessional … Continue reading

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The Arad and Lachish Letters, and the last moments of the Kingdom of Judah

The Arad and Lachish letters are military communications that date to the final years of the Kingdom of Judah. Carefully read, they provide a valuable insight into the daily lives of the military personnel and their attitudes to events as … Continue reading

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Obama’s coddling of faith

Jerry Coyne calls out Barak Obama. The symbolism of visiting a mosque is important, but the language gets it wrong. A serious flaw in politico-think that I have written about in the Australian context before. Source: Obama’s coddling of faith

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On godlessness and ISIS

On November 23, Prime Minister Turnbull gave a speech in parliament on the atrocities committed in Paris. In it, he described ISIS as  “godless murderers … who defame and blasphemed Islam itself”. I have written to PM Turnbull in response: … Continue reading

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Student and Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Hector Avalos

Interesting interview with Dr Hector Avalos, particularly for those considering post-graduate religion studies. I have had to scramble to complete my major this last couple of years because University of SA closed down its religion studies unit.

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