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Religious Syncretism? IX… Stuart France

* “Do we know who the the author is?” “Do we ever know who the author is?” “Do we know who the author is purported to be?” “Gilgamesh existed as the legendary protagonist in a number of Sumerian poems long … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism? VIII… Stuart France

* “Are we allowed to be rational for a moment?” “We would not expect you to be anything else.” “If we consider Enkidu who is two-thirds animal, one-third man, together with Gilgamesh, who is two-thirds divine, one-third man, and treat … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism? VII… Stuart France

* “If most of the Hebrew males wore long hair and beards anyway, why was there a need for the razor ban?” pondered Wen. “Ah, is that the sound of trumpets scaling the ramparts of heaven?” “What are you talking … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism? VI… Stuart France

* … “Research!” proclaims Wen, triumphantly. “If you insist,” but this is a form of research too. The Greeks called it dialectic… three, six, nine… lots of maybe’s, lots of supposes.” “So, why should transcendence be considered the be all … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism? V… Stuart France

* … “But if Gilgamesh is two-thirds divine, doesn’t his strength come from ‘God’ too?” “Gilgamesh has a divine mother, Ninsun, and a father who was born human but later became divine.” “Ninsun,  is a name to conjure with,” murmurs … Continue reading

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Religious Syncretism? IV… Stuart France

* “Is he meant to be a giant?” “In the story he is two-thirds divine, one third-man.” “Which doesn’t actually answer my question.” “I don’t know, is he meant to be a giant?” “Ah, I see… Well, if that is … Continue reading

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Fantasy and the problem with Tolkien

It has to be said that Tolkien causes problems. Quite apart from being so addictive that, once read, you are likely to go back and read the books again, you may never find anywhere quite as rich as  Middle Earth … Continue reading

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