History

Heliopolis: A City of Two Tales

Winter 2014

Heliopolis: A City of Two Tales

Daniel Tompsett

Underneath the modern Cairo suburb called Heliopolis lie the remains of one of the most important cities of ancient Egypt. That Heliopolis may be long buried, but its influence lives on and, perhaps more surprisingly, its future is bright.

December 14, 2012

Truth or Tradition?

David Hulme

In his 2012 book, Pope Benedict acknowledges that the traditional Christmas story is not accurate in many respects. Scholars have been pointing this out for decades, but does it really matter? Why should truth trump tradition?

November 13, 2012

Jerusalem: At Peace or in Pieces?

David Hulme

Jerusalem remains a crucial factor in the Middle East and in world politics. The name Jerusalem means “city of peace,” but will the city ever live up to its name?

 

The Roots of Urban Civilization

December 31, 2012

The Roots of Urban Civilization

Daniel Tompsett

Modern cityscapes appear to have been built with the specific aim of serving the needs of our civilizations. But where does the idea of the city itself originate?

Towers of Babble: What's in a Name?

July 30, 2012

Towers of Babble: What’s in a Name?

Daniel Tompsett

The Tower of Babel was built somewhere on the plain of Shinar, although the exact site of the tower has been much debated by scholars.

Remarks by J Chambliss in Scopes Trial decision

July 21, 2012

Concurring Opinion of Justice Chambliss from the Tennessee Supreme Court Decision

Two theories of organic evolution are well recognized, one the theistic, which not only concedes, but maintains, consistently with the Bible story, that ‘the Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.’ This is the theory advanced eloquently by learned counsel for Scopes, and held to by numerous outstanding scientists of the world.

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

April 5, 2012

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

Alice Abler

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most sacred Christian holidays, but what do rabbits and eggs have to do with the celebration? 

The Phoenix and the Early Church

Fall 2011

The Phoenix and the Early Church

Daniel Tompsett

Is the story of the mystical phoenix just an ancient flight of fancy? Its rebirth through Christian writings suggests otherwise.

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