History

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 10: The Final False Messiah

Fall 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 10

The Final False Messiah

David Hulme

Historically, would-be saviors who promised peace and prosperity failed to deliver. Can any human being or form of government ultimately deliver us or bring salvation?

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Fall 2007

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Alice Abler

By working backward through history, we find that Santa Claus has been with us in various guises for thousands of years.

North Korea's Kim Dynasty

Summer 2007

North Korea’s Kim Dynasty

David Hulme

Kim Il-sung of North Korea created his own postcommunist Juche ideology of self-reliance, perpetuating a personality cult and savior dynasty.

The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Summer 2007

Pol Pot: Cambodia’s Curse

David Hulme

Mao received the Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot in Beijing in June 1975 to congratulate him on installing radical communism in one fell swoop.

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 9: Oriental Christs

Summer 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 9

Oriental Christs

David Hulme

Manipulation of religious fervor is an important element in the rise and rule of dictators such as Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and Kim Il-sung.

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 8: Purging the People

Spring 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 8

Purging the People

David Hulme

In the aftermath of Russia’s 1917 revolution, the exploitation of religious fervor helped foster one of the most murderous regimes in history. 

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 7b: Dictators' Downfall

Winter 2007

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 7b

Dictators’ Downfall

David Hulme

Hitler and Mussolini exuded messianic pretensions even before they came to power, and later willingly accepted the divinity their adoring publics granted them.

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