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Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

The Greatest Disappointment Ever

John A. Tures | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
John A. Tures

"Now we'll show them!" The oppressed people, beaten down by so many empires, would have their day. The most powerful force anyone had seen in history, which had brutally occupied those poor people, would be humbled.

Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For all the accolades poured out upon Jesus, little is said about the harsh realities of the police state in which he lived and its similarities to modern-day America, and yet they are striking.

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.

New Year Reflections on the US Global Role and Its Limits

David Coates | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
David Coates

What is it about our contemporary political role that makes so much of what we attempt to do abroad ultimately self-defeating?

Jackie Chan's 'Dragon Blade' Trailer Was Made To Go Viral

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment

Who needs historical accuracy anyway? The trailer for Jackie Chan's new movie "Dragon Blade" was made to win the Internet, which it did by blowing ...

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

I'm Sad: People Often Choose to Show Their Worst Side, Not Their Best

Gerry Myers | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While I love our country, I'm sad my children and grandchildren won't have the same opportunities their ancestors had to succeed in America.

Did Lead Poisoning Really Bring Down Roman Empire?

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

When in ancient Rome, don’t drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their ...

Jesus Lived in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jesus challenged the political and religious belief systems of his day. And worldly powers feared Jesus because he dared to speak truth to power in a time when doing so often cost a person his life.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

Ancient Pleas Deciphered From Long-Lost Letter

Live Science | Owen Jarus | Posted 03.07.2014 | Science

A newly deciphered letter home dating back around 1,800 years reveals the pleas of a young Egyptian soldier named Aurelius Polion who was serving, pr...

See a Bulgarian Fortress That Hasn't Changed In More Than 2000 Years

Posted 02.21.2014 | Travel

Built by the Romans during the first through third centuries, the Belogradchik Fortress sits a short distance from the northwestern Bulgarian town of ...

Sustainable Civilizations: What if the Mayans and Romans Had Known?

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

This means that companies that will thrive are those who succeed in making (food) products that are both affordable and sustainable. In other words, companies who successfully prices until the retail price is the True Price.

How Katniss Everdeen and Ancient Rome Unite to Teach an Ethics of Peace for our Time

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

One might say that the parallels with the ancient world end with Katniss, but maybe that's also where the parallels with ours are strongest. Because while she may not be a metaphor for Christ, Katniss is perhaps best understood as a prophetic hero for our time.

Was Jesus a Roman Invention?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Joseph Atwill, a computer scientist, has taken to calling himself a 'bible scholar' complete with startling revelations threatening to undo Christianity. It appears anyone can now call him or herself a bible scholar, and their production scholarship, without anyone questioning their credentials.

E tu, Angelino?

Barry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry Strauss

Silvio Berlusconi, the longtime strongman of the Italian right, has been brought down -- at the age of 77, probably for good. Some observers express surprise at the man who held the dagger, but they really shouldn't. Any reader of Shakespeare could have predicted it.

The Crucifixions

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

The fact is that there was nothing unique about either the manner in which Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by the Romans or the reason for his death sentence. While the agony must have been excruciating and unbearable for Jesus, the same was true for hundreds of thousands of other people who have been crucified.

Student Makes Amazing Discovery In Garbage Dump

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science

An 1,800-year-old stone carving of what may be the head of a Roman god was recently found in an ancient garbage dump, British archaeologists announce...

Bread and Circuses in Rome and America

William Astore | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
William Astore

Perhaps our new national motto should be: When in America, do as the Roman Empire would do. Eat to your fill of food and violence, cheer on the warfighters, and dismiss expressions of doubt or dismay about military interventions and drone killings as "feminine" and "weak."

Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

John Pavley | Posted 08.08.2013 | TV
John Pavley

With each Game of Thrones episode we struggle with whom to invest our emotions so that we're not left with that aching numbness in the pit of our collective stomachs when a favorite character dies. One character I'm especially worried about is Daenerys Targaryen.

Deadly Microbe Linked To Demise Of Ancient Empire

Posted 05.12.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/10/2013 09:48 AM EDT on LiveScience Plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, ...

Good News/Bad News, Mixed Messages & Blessings in Jesuit Takeover of Vatican

Ken Atchity | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Ken Atchity

He has a debatable track record vis-à-vis the Argentine church's relationship with the junta in the 1970s Dirty War, which strained his relations with many liberal Jesuits worldwide. I don't like this story. What's really going on here?

Gun Control: Should a Christian Carry?

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Many of my fellow Christians are also vociferous defenders of so-called "gun rights." But sometimes our public debates can keep us from asking tough "in-house" questions.

Cicero And The State Of The Union

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Regardless of President Obama's bromides and happy assurances to the contrary, the State of the Union is not strong. The steady decline of this great republic is a real possibility. "We must somehow defend ourselves, as if we were arraigned on a capital charge," Cicero said.