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Does the US Have a Moral Obligation to Save the World From Evil Men?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Mario Almonte

While some will always protest America's involvement in foreign wars for various reasons, others believe that the country is morally obligated to liberate the oppressed and feed the hungry wherever they may be in the world. Is it time we swallowed our pride, cut our losses, and simply walked away?

Acre: The Crusaders' Last Stand

Bob Schulman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Nov. 27, 1095, was a red letter day in medieval history. Actually, it was a red cross day, that symbol having been proclaimed by Pope Urban II as the icon of a planned crusade to retake the Holy Land from its Muslim invaders.

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.

The Return of Ziva David?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I wish Cote de Pablo had returned in a better show that gave her the freedom to exercise her wit and charm. Here, she just seemed nothing more than a mannequin in lovely costumes, lost in a wannabe epic.

Jerusalem: Tales of Abraham, the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Bob Schulman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Wandering around the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Jerusalem's Old City, past wall-to-wall shops selling everything from exquisite rugs to knock-off watches to world-class tchotchkes, it's easy to imagine what this spot must have looked like thousands of years ago.

Finding John the Baptist (And Jesus too)

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

Ferguson: Fifty Shades of Black and White

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What has to happen is for enough Americans of conscience to say "this is evil" and "we reject lethal racism" and "we demand police reform." It can be done. It has been done before.

More Than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Gus, who overtly expresses room for belief in God, bites it at age 18, leaving his moribund girlfriend and freshly blind friend to mourn in the wake of his death. Is this what "all things working together for good" looks like from God's perspective?

Ancient Folks in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Sicily continues to amaze me. The history here is so multi-layered and so ancient that I, from Boston with its proud and (very) young history, am overwhelmed and find it incomprehensible on many levels when faced with 8000 years or so of history.

'Sicarii Essenes,' 'Those of the Circumcision,' and Qumran

Robert Eisenman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

In a much overlooked description of 'the Essenes', attributed to the Third-Century Early Church theologian Hippolytus in Rome, there exists a completely original version of Josephus' famous description of them.

Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Shadi Bartsch

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans were pretty sure they were the good guys

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

Historvius | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Historvius

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. Fear not.

Thessaloniki -- Heart of Macedonia

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

It is tragic that a geo-political argument prevents Thessaloniki from being fully integrated with its traditional hinterland. The problem is the rancorous, silly dispute between the Macedonian region of former Yugoslavia and Greece that has dragged on, impeding regional progress for two decades.

The Forgotten History of Social News

Tom Standage | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Tom Standage

We tend to think of the emergence of social news platforms, such as Reddit or the Huffington Post, as historically unprecedented. But in many ways they represent the revival of a long traditional that dates back to the Roman era.

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them: Superstitious, Depraved, Obstinate, and Foolish

James D. Tabor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

This sort of religious segregation from common expressions of Greco-Roman piety -- from swearing allegiance to the Roman Gods and to the Emperor to participation in activities associated with pagan temples -- effectively marginalized those adherents to "Christ as a god" from the rest of society.

Why the West Plunders Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The plunder of Greece by Western Europe goes back to the Romans. Despite their admiration for Greek culture, they made Greece a colony in 146 BCE. Fro...

Romans 1.26-7: The Bible 'Says' Homosexuality Is a Sin?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Jesus may not have spoken directly about homosexuality, but Paul did, we are assured. However, this passage is not about condemning homosexuality, but about condemning those who condemn others.

The Lone Warrior: Vulkan 'Krusades' for Hip Hop

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Rapper Vulkan the Krusader has assembled a new album entitled V which he says is inspired by his fascination with films , comic books , and a nineteenth century French painting.

Seth, Oscar, and Antiquity: The Fine (and Endangered) Art of Making Mockery

Michael Broder | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Broder

Seth MacFarlane's Oscars performance failed less because of racism, sexism, and homophobia than because he forgot what satire is and how it works. The satiric genius of late-night icons like Johnny Carson and beloved fictional curmudgeons like Archie Bunker has been lost in a sea of mindless snark.

The Middle East's Friendliest Place?

John Nicholson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
John Nicholson

Jordan's capital, Amman, balances more modern elements that add a cosmopolitan flair to the natural beauty of this traditional kingdom.

Bizarre Tumor Found In 1,600-Year-Old Corpse

Posted 01.22.2013 | Science

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/22/2013 07:00 AM EST on LiveScience In a necropolis in Spain, archaeologists have found th...

What Would Jesus Have On His iPod?

Harris Silver | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Harris Silver

While I always thought it was preposterous to ask what would Jesus drive, it does seem reasonable to ask what would Jesus listen to -- which is what Hillel Tigay asked when he started on a journey to create a modern album of ancient music