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Spanish Inquisition

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2016 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

Sam Maron | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Sam Maron

ISIS is now forcing the approximately 3,000 Christians remaining in Mosul, a major city with thousands of years of Christian history, to choose between essentially the same options given to Jews in 1492: live under intolerable, impoverishing dhimmi status; convert to Islam; leave; or die.

Spanish Town To Vote On Horribly Anti-Semitic Name

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

The town of Castrillo de Matajudíos in Castile and León, Spain, is considering changing its name, which contains the phrase "Jew killer" in Spanish,...

Jesus To Church Leaders: 'How Dare You In My Name?'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The history of Christianity is marked by violent acts that do not bring to mind images of peace or love, acts that are antithetical to Jesus' life and ministry and that fly in the face of his most important teaching: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Papal Expectations

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Papal Internet Inquisition

Robert Weller | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Robert Weller

In this Internet era, the bigger the target the harder it falls. Often claims are made and posted without ever being read by an editor. In the name of freedom of speech, anything can be said.

Columbus' Jewish Roots Examined

Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

Over five centuries after the famed explorer's death, historians are taking a fresh look at what motivated Christopher Columbus to make his voyage acr...

The World According to Rick

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Are we ready to recede into the illusory comforts of Rick's 15th-century world? Are we ready to go "back to the future"?

The Top 10 Questions Everyone Has About The Inquisition

Cullen Murphy | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Cullen Murphy

In talking with audiences about my new book, "God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World," I've found that the same questions come up over and over. Here are the Top 10.

Cows on the Beach: Exposing Our Political Shadows and Lessons on Sharing

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is true. There were cows on the beach -- on a beach of a deliciously gorgeous, multicultural, blue-violet-turquoise sea in Corsica, the French isla...

Should Christianity Be Blamed For Torture?

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Both secular and religious institutions employed torture. The popular impression that it was primarily a religious activity indicates the success of the anti-religion culture warriors telling their sensationalized version of history

Sephardic Film Festival: Pomegranates and Longing

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

This culture and history and modern experience of the Sephardim is cinematically celebrated in a film festival sponsored by New York's very active American Sephardi Federation.

Torture Makes My Head Hurt

Dave Hackel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Hackel

I'm very confused about the whole torture situation and the duality of the arguments is giving me a headache.