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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
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: https://thegreatworldweb.wordpress.com I encourage travel enthusiasts to … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.