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Going to Church in the Ancient World

Sarah E. Rollens | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Sarah E. Rollens

Jesus didn't go to church. Scholars of early Christianity have long known this. The earliest gospels that recount his life never describe him attending church.

It's History: Roman Soldiers Drank From This Penis Pot For Laughs

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.11.2016 | Weird News

First they plundered Britain. Then they gave each other the shaft. Apparently all that conquering made Roman soldiers thirsty for a drink out of a pen...

Putin's Balance of Power Strategy in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
Amir Madani

With the Syrian cease fire tenuously holding, and UN-brokered negotiations underway in Geneva, President Putin's surprise partial withdrawal of forces makes it clear that the Russian establishment has not forgotten the lessons of the Afghanistan quagmire.

Hiker Accidentally Unearths Extremely Rare Gold Coin In Israel

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.15.2016 | World

Laurie Rimon did a double-take when she noticed a glint of gold sparkling in the rocks while on a hiking trip in northern Israel's mountainous Galilee...

Trump and Mussolini: It Can't Happen Here?

Maria Laurino | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Maria Laurino

Now that we know Donald Trump is okay with quoting the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, it's probably time to reconsider that old chestnut about those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

The Roman Emperor's Playbook: A Guide for Presidential Candidates

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Robyn Faith Walsh

Emperor Titus depicted himself in the crown of the triumphal Arch of Titus riding up to the heavens on the wings of an eagle. He was depicting himself becoming a god. While for different symbolic reasons, Trump also staged a photoshoot with an eagle. His results were less than deifying.

Welcome to the Age of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The powers-that-be want us to remain divided, alienated from each other based on our politics, our bank accounts, our religion, our race and our value systems.

Eric Bogosian's 100 Monologues

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

monologue: from the Greek μονόλογος; μόνος mónos or "alone, solitary" and λόγος lógos, "speech." The first recorded monologue...

What If Jesus Had Been Born 2,000 Years Later in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Two thousand years later ... the memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establi...

Jesus the Refugee

Jonathan Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

If there were anyone that wanted to fight violence with violence, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone who wanted swift justice by any means possible, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone that had a distrust of foreigners, it would be Jesus.

Fall of the Roman Empire

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Media
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

According to Ben Carson, we're in more danger of becoming Nazi Germany. War references are great clues to news hooks for your sound bites, stories, stats and self reflection.

Actually, Kim Davis Is a Martyr. Here's Why.

Douglas Boin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Douglas Boin

How could the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign her name to same-sex marriage licenses possibly be equated with the men and women whose blood watered the seeds of the church? Well, Kim Davis is absolutely a "martyr" in one sense of the word.

Want to Annoy ISIS? Learn About This Awesome Ancient Queen.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Sledgehammering priceless statues. Bombing temples that date back to the era of Jesus and Augustus. In just a few short months, the Islamic State grou...

GOP: Deregulate Wall Street, Or The Roman Empire Will Fall

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Democrats already within the very walls of the U.S. Capitol and financial reform taking hold in the provinces, congressional Republ...

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.

The Magnificent Leftovers of the Roman Empire in France.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 06.21.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Romans were master architects. We know that, we have many tangible testaments left to prove it. Their structures still stand sometimes intact in various spots in Europe.

America's Military Strategy? Persistent Overreach

William Astore | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
William Astore

Ever since 9/11, American presidents and their military advisors have repeatedly committed U.S. troops and prestige to inhospitable regions in terrain that largely neutralizes U.S. advantages in firepower and maneuverability. Despite setback after setback, American presidents and generals persist in trying to control hostile territory.

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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.