Archaeologists have been investigating some mysterious, huge piles of rock overlooking the Valley of Rephaim near Jerusalem. They’ve been tentatively dated to about the time of Isaiah and Hezekiah, but that’s just a guess.
Thyatira was a town dominated by craftsmens’ guilds, and to have a career you needed to belong to a guild—and worship its patron deity. We discuss comparisons of Thyatira to the medieval church between 606 and 1517 AD.
Just in time for Halloween, the New York Times has run a puff piece on a woman who calls herself an “ordinary” woman—who just happens to have an altar in her home with moon pendants, candles, crystals, and an idol of the goddess Diana.
China’s Chang’e 4 lunar probe has landed on the far side of the moon. We discuss the mission, the moon’s role in pagan religion, and the practice of scientists drawing on pagan religion to name objects in space and scientific missions.