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About pwandersen

Patrick W. Andersen's debut novel, Second Born, won critical acclaim for its reimagining of the life of Jesus as he grew up with his brothers and sisters in Sepphoris. His new novel, Acts of the Women, tells stories of how women, in the decades after the crucifixion, helped give birth to what eventually became Christianity.

When drama equals stupid

Do you find yourself resisting the urge to scream at characters on your favorite TV dramas? They seem like reasonably sane and intelligent people, but something comes up to make you question that assumption. They do something stupid.  For instance: … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene’s role in the birth of Christianity

Who was Mary Magdalene, and what was her role in the birth of Christianity? That question has sparked controversy—and allegedly some coverups and rewriting of church history—for about 2,000 years Several reviewers of my novel, Acts of the Women, remarked … Continue reading

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Roots

America has got roots. And they are showing. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that struck the U.S. in about February 2020 and has stretched on for two and a half years so far, some hidden truths about countless … Continue reading

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56 shooting incidents today before 3pm

Continuing my earlier theme on gun violence in the United States, you may find it instructive to look at the website for the Gun Violence Archive. The site has a tab entitled, Last 72 Hours. After the horror of the … Continue reading

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U.S.—Third World? 

Has the U.S. become part of the Third World? In the past decade major cruise lines have boycotted several Mexican ports on the west coast due to crime and violence in those cities, or due to swine flu outbreaks. American … Continue reading

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Why So Mean?

Several readers of my two biblical novels, Second Born and Acts of the Women, have put the same question to me in a variety of forms. The politest version is, “Why are you so mean to St. Paul?” Others posed the question in earthier … Continue reading

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Why write Acts of the Women when we already have Acts of the Apostles?

By Patrick W. Andersen When any author contemplates writing a book recounting a biblical story, the first question always seems to be, “Why? This story has been told thousands of times and shown in countless movies. Why spend so much … Continue reading

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Reconciling Nonviolence with the New Testament

Jesus Unarmed By Keith Giles Here is a book that addresses an age-old dilemma surrounding Christianity, to buy swords or to beat them into ploughshares? To quote the author:  “One of the reasons why so many Christians are confused by … Continue reading

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Leaving Afghanistan, finally

I understand why some people object to the U.S. leaving Afghanistan and ending its military involvement there. When my older brother Mike was killed in Vietnam on September 22, 1968, I felt the same way. I desperately wanted his death … Continue reading

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How A Critic Earns A Living When The Days Are Slow

Itsy Bitsy Spider: A Review Since the before the dawn of writing, even as far back as the days when primitive clan leaders grunted exclamations around campfires that they shared with fellow savages, stories about the cycle of life and … Continue reading

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