Category Archives: History

Worth your reading time: James Hannam on medieval Christianity and the rise of modern science

Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 1 Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 2

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Richard Dawkins’ favourite poster

Soviet poster from 1965.

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Quote of the day: Pope Benedict XVI on politics

‘Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much.  Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.’ ~ Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger; now Pope Benedict XVI

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Quote of the day: Christopher Dawson on living faith renewing Christian tradition

‘Western man has not been faithful to his Christian tradition.  He has abandoned it not once, but again and again.  For since Christianity depends on a living faith and not merely on social tradition, Christendom must be renewed every fresh … Continue reading

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Ken Ham and his crazy fundie Creationist sect proved wrong yet again

Death only present after the Fall, six thousand years ago?  No actually: We’ve been eating meat for 1.5 million years, discovery of ancient child’s skull proves A skull fragment discovered in Tanzania shows that our ancient ancestors have been eating … Continue reading

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My favourite saint: St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Photograph of the day: Queen’s Road in Hong Kong on Chinese New Year’s Day, 1902

Click on the image to enlarge it. See also: Photograph of the day: A boat sails down a river in the Jiangsu province of China in 1946

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Pic of the day: The De Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health), 1491, one of Europe’s earliest medical texts

More here. Also: [Stained glass] Pic of the day: St. Austremonius amongst the beasts of the wild

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Pic of the day: A view from Colditz Castle by British prisoner of war Major William Anderson

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Quote of the day: Thucydides on recording history; something to think about when you read the New Testament

‘In this history I have made use of set speeches some of which were delivered just before and others during the war.  I have found it difficult to remember the precise words used in the speeches which I listened to … Continue reading

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Huldrych Zwingli on why Baptists are wrong and “crucify Jesus Christ afresh”

‘Children born of believing parents are children of God, like those who were born under the Old Testament, and consequently may receive baptism.  Baptism under the New Testament is what circumcision was under the Old; consequently, baptism ought now to be administered … Continue reading

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More evidence against the anti-Pope Pius XII slurs of the New Atheists and others

A Nazi cartoon mocking Cardinal Pacelli (soon after to become Pope Pius XII) for supporting Jews.

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“I don’t see how you can avoid putting Zwingli in hell”, writes evangelical Baptist theologian Roger Olson

‘To what extent should we let historical figures off the hook just because of the cultural context and the times in which they lived — especially when they claimed to be Christians and had their Bibles and read them?  Should … Continue reading

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Jesus existed, writes Craig S. Keener

Well worth a few minutes of your time: Jesus Existed writes Craig S. Keener Excerpt: Contrary to some circles on the Internet, very few scholars doubt that Jesus existed, preached and led a movement.  Scholars’ confidence has nothing to do with … Continue reading

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Devout Roman Catholic and Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy

Tour de France winner Gino Bartali quietly used fame to save Jews in Fascist Italy In the worst years of the Second World War, it was not uncommon to see the great Gino Bartali cycling the roads between Florence and … Continue reading

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Levantine DNA in Ethiopia supports biblical story of Queen of Sheba

Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists.  Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations … Continue reading

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Gary Krupp, the Jewish researcher who’s winning the battle to clear Pope Pius XII’s name

Researcher: We’re Winning in Effort to Clear Pius XII’s Name, ‘Every Time We Do More Research, We Find a Diamond’ After six years of untiring research that has uncovered 76,000 pages of original material, plus multiple eyewitness accounts and testimonies … Continue reading

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Update on St. John the Baptist’s bones

Scientific tests have now been carried out: Mysterious bones may belong to John the Baptist: New radiocarbon dating of collagen in one of bones puts age at early first century ‘Found’, bones of John the Baptist: Tests on a knucklebone … Continue reading

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Spectacular find: original Greek sermons by Origen of Alexandria discovered in Bavarian State Library

Spectacular find: original Greek sermons by Origen of Alexandria discovered A spectacular discovery was recently made in the Bavarian State Library, in the process of cataloguing the Greek manuscripts from the collection of Johann Jakob Fuggers.  While cataloguing a manuscript, … Continue reading

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Thomas Burnett on ‘Scientism’

‘Scientism . . . is a speculative worldview about the ultimate reality of the universe and its meaning.  Despite the fact that there are millions of species on our planet, scientism focuses an inordinate amount of its attention on human behavior … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Anacleto Gonzalez Flores, one of the Mexican Cristero martyrs

The film: For Greater Glory, starring Andy Garcia, Ruben Blades, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole The book: For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada

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Separated at birth: Pope Gregory IX and Sylvester Stallone

Here’s the proof: Pope Gregory IX painted by Raphael, and Sylvester Stallone in his ‘Rocky’ role.  I rest my case. Hat-tip to Creative Minority Report for spotting this eerie similarity! Another great separated-at-birth: Separated at birth: Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams … Continue reading

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Peter Harrison on Christianity and the rise of Western science

‘Could modern science have arisen outside the theological matrix of Western Christendom?  It is difficult to say.  What can be said for certain is that it did arise in that environment, and that theological ideas underpinned some of its central … Continue reading

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Are the Gospels based on Pagan myths?

Were the Gospels Based on Pagan Myths? No, responds Timothy Paul Jones.  Read his article, linked to above, if you are interested in the subject.  It’s well worth your reading time.  He concludes with some excellent advice: What should you do … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun: Korean prison camp martyr

U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp.  Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Medal of Honor – and sainthood On the night … Continue reading

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