Archive for the ‘History’ Category
Julian had a problem: Christianity was taking over his empire. But dealing with that problem highlighted an even bigger one: his authority as Emperor wasn’t sufficient to rid his land of Christians.
His military might was simply no match for their humility and sacrificial nature. Continue reading
In August of 480 BC, a few hundred Spartans led by King Leonidas battled against 150,000 Persian warriors led by King Xerxes. The heavily outnumbered Greeks held their ground, repelled the invaders, and controlled the battle for three days.
But there was one thing King Leonidas couldn’t control…and it would prove fatal. Continue reading
Being President of the United States comes with awesome perks. You get your own jet (and limo), a few personal chefs, and exotic holidays paid for by the working masses. Celebrities want to meet you…and those guys in the black suits are even willing to die for you. Not too shabby.
Just don’t expect to talk your way out of a speeding ticket, though. Continue reading
Matthew opens his version of the Good News of Jesus Christ with some unthinkably bad news: the King of the Jews, Herod the Great, becomes jealous and angry, and slaughters innocent baby boys born in and around Bethlehem. Since no other historian mentions this atrocity, many deny it ever took place.
Yeah, murdering innocent people would be soooooo out of character for King Herod…. Continue reading
In the summer of 2013, religious scholar, Dr. Reza Aslan, released a controversial book about Jesus entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. It caused quite a stir in the media, and not just because Aslan is a practicing Muslim.
The controversy actually revolves around a confession he made in an interview. Continue reading
It was “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” as humans walked upon the lunar surface of the moon in the summer of ‘69. Those brave astronauts cemented their triumph by leaving behind inarguable evidence of their visit to the celestial body.
They could have borrowed the idea from God; after all, He left strong proof of His visit to our planet, too. Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln may have been the most-criticized president in our nation’s history. In addition to the usual worries about economic matters, constitutional legality, and foreign affairs policies, he also presided over a civil war.
But the issue of slavery is what brought him the greatest amount of grief…from both sides. Continue reading
Slaves have always had it tough. In early America, they had no property and no rights. It was worse in ancient societies; there, they literally didn’t have an identity. The law of non habens personam meant that they “did not have a person” or “did not have a face.”
But Jesus’s example would change all of that. Continue reading
Today’s Christian scholars spend large amounts of time trying to convince people that Jesus is divine. The Church uses sermon series, books, events, websites, and a host of other resources to focus on that important debate.
But as strange as it may sound to modern Christians, one of the church’s first major struggles was to convince the world that Jesus was actually human! Continue reading