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Afghanistan Needs Its 'Knights' for Age of Greater Jihad

Suleiman Wali | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Suleiman Wali

Afghanistan has become entirely too fluent in the language of Lesser Jihad, which it famously fought and won in the 1980s. But as that pivotal year of 2014 approaches, let us define who we are in peacetime and be even better at winning at that.

The Holiness of Evil

George Elerick | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

We must demystify our religious attempts at trying to make sense of evil, which is a vulgar oversimplification and sanctification of evil. One way to do that is to realize this desire to explain everything in a totality is itself highly problematic.

Religion Cause for War?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war? 

Jews vs. Muslims

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

When we can start envisioning a world where we care for more than just our pack or our flock, then we can truly enter a messianic utopia of peace where "the wolf shall lie with the lamb."

Medieval Feces, Seriously

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.26.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Cyprus, as you might know, is a country strangled by debt, struggling beneath the heel of the austere European boot. Cyprus can't pay its trash collectors, but someone has the funds to send researchers there to dig up the contents of a 12th Century latrine.

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Platonism and Secularism in the Thought of Plethon

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Byzantium (medieval Greece) survived the barbarian invasions that brought the Western Roman Empire to an end in the fifth century. Medieval Greece lived for more than a millennium, for several centuries a superpower. In fact, medieval Greece spread civilization to Eastern Europe and Russia.

Modern Day Knights Return To Jerusalem

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Anav Silverman

While the functions of the Order of St. Lazarus are slightly different today in Jerusalem -- it no longer treats lepers and wounded knights -- the organization seeks to heal minds, spirits and bodies regardless of religious and political borders.

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."

Pope Francis And The Future Of Catholic-Muslim Relations

Daniel Tutt | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

If St. Francis' love for all of God's creation, animals, plants, rivers and mountains is alive and with us today, just like his ascetic mission of poverty, then so is his bold peacemaking with the Muslim world. This is a mission worthy of his name, and one can only hope that the current Pope Francis heeds this call.

1,000-Year-Old Coins Unearthed At Crusader Battleground

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

HERZLIYA, Israel, July 11 (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and ...

The Odd Couple: Santorum and Ahmadinejad!

MP Nunan | Posted 04.15.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Have you noticed the whackiness shared by both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Republican Primary candidate Rick Santorum? Both favor theo...

Medieval Energy Bars: They're Back!

Anneli Rufus | Posted 03.26.2012 | Food
Anneli Rufus

It's dark, chewy and protein-packed. It's fruity-sweet and studded with nuts. Sticky on the inside but smooth on the outside, it travels well. It's history's first energy bar.

Crusade vs. Jihad: Which Is Worse?

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

Surely the Muslim conquests were just as brutal as the crusades? The short answer is, "No." But, let me explain:

Massacre At Jerusalem -- Do The Crusades Still Matter?

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

For better or worse, we remember the First Crusade now. But how should we do so? What did the battle of Jerusalem mean in 1099, and why should we care today?

Myths About Crusade Myths: Were They Defensive Wars?

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

While not a defensive war, the First Crusade was a war of vengeance. The Christians were out to avenge the sufferings of their Savior, the humiliations He was forced to endure every day...

Clash Of Civilizations Or Nuisance? Medieval Crusading And The War on Terror

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

The war for Jerusalem, in their words, was one of West vs. East. When the crusaders successfully conquered Jerusalem, observers at home marveled over what they, as Westerners, had accomplished.

The Lost 1001 Arabian Nights

Doug Lieblich | Posted 12.05.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

There was once a pauper renowned for giving perfect impressions of the sultan...

From Jihadism To Crusade-ism

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Since it became clear that the culprit of the horror in Norway was not a Muslim jihadist, but a self-proclaimed "Christian Knight," the popular perceptions of terrorism are being questioned.

The Ideological Roots Of Christian Terrorism

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

How is it that a religion that claims that followers should turn the other cheek and love their enemies can breed such hate and violence?

Marcus Baram

Legendary Knights Templar Cited In Violence In Norway, Mexico

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.25.2011 | World

From Dan Brown's bestselling novels to video games to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" to Wagner's Parzival opera, the Knights Templar have inspired ...

Christian Terrorist Is Grim News On Eve Of Ramadan And 9/11

David Crumm | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
David Crumm

This Norwegian terrorist struck at a horrendous moment in global Christian-Muslim relations, when huge numbers of Muslims around the world say they are suspicious of the Crusader-like violence they perceive among Western Christians.

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

What Would Jesus Do About Islam?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

It's obvious that his solution wouldn't be war. He might even apply the Golden Rule by treating Muslims with common humanity, tolerance, and understanding.

Should Donald Rumsfeld Go To Hell?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It's tempting to want to believe in hell for Rumsfeld and his ilk, whether we're religious or not. It can be comforting to believe that they will suffer the moral consequences of their behavior.