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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

(R)evolution in Baden-Baden: Wangechi Mutu Transforms Museum Row

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Wangechi Mutu, "Humming" (2010) An immersion into art and nature on Museum Row in Baden Baden takes us through 20th century art history... Henri L...

Books for the Intellectual Foodie

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Any intellectual seeking to build a balanced larder of knowledge would do well to embrace their inner Roman emperor, and familiarize themselves with food and the art of cooking -- even if their own culinary attempts go up in smoke a disconcerting amount of the time.

Time for a New Revolution in Lebanon?

Claude Salhani | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

This one is being carried out by short sighed and ego-centric politicians, who occupy government portfolios and seats in the national parliament. Is it time for a new revolution?

PHOTOS: Why I Reenacted 2,000 Years Of History

Charlie Schroeder | Posted 07.25.2012 | Books
Charlie Schroeder

When I was a junior in college I fell in love with Shakespeare. I was determined to become the next Kenneth Branagh--in large part because I wanted to bed his then wife, Emma Thompson. Love of literature can be based on worse things.

Bizarre Roman Ruin Baffles Scientists

Posted 01.23.2012 | Science

By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/23/2012 09:17 AM EST on LiveScience A recently discovered mysterious "win...

Elizabeth Cunningham's Red-Robed Priestess

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 01.16.2012 | Books
Dr. Susan Corso

Red-Robed Priestess is Maeve Rhuad's last adventure. And oh, what an adventure it is! As I'm sure you know, I've been a fan of Maeve Rhuad for a long,...

Conquerors, Debt, Joblessness, and "The Crisis of the Third Century"

Lydia Fisher | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

If the financial crisis tells us anything, it's this. We moved away from person-to-person reciprocity and community orientation. We deconstructed boundaries for expedient profit.

Meatless Monday: Meatless by the Book

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.29.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

If you want to find justification in the Bible for any sort of behavior, it's in there. It's just a matter of interpretation, from when the earth wil...