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suellen-ocean's picture
Jan.12.2012
Because the cross was adopted as the symbol for those who partook of the Crusade, the French word for cross is croix (in French croisade means crusade). The Crusade was quite simply a march by Christian European knights, warrior monks and pilgrims to the holy land to gain control of the sacred...
mindi-anderson's picture
Jan.04.2012
  How was April, a religious cult survivor, traumatized by a pastoral death threat if she left her church?  Sounds dramatic, but these threats are all too common in extreme fundamentalist groups. It's our next installment from April G. about her religious cult experience.   Each...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Dec.30.2011
I'm always a little amused, but saddened too, by the the church growth and decline reports. Here's one of the most recent reports: "Growing churches continue to grow and declining churches continue to decline," according to the National Council of Churches' 2011 Yearbook of American...
suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.17.2011
The coastal area of Mexico is where many Jews settled during the Inquisitional period. As the years progressed, many moved toward the cities. Descendants portray ancestors as Jews who posed as Christians. They chose highly religious surnames like “de Jesus”. They allowed their daughters to become...
manoj-kewalramani's picture
Oct.27.2011
Joseph was a simple manIn his heart a raging questLive the day doing all he canIn the arms of his loveAt night he wished to rest So he tilled the landBeneath the blazing cloudsRode his fleet to other worldsBut deep within lay the fear of fearsAs he sat in those gilded chairsWith the kings of...
luke-james's picture
Oct.27.2011
Okay - so the Bible doesn't specifically mention Hell - apparently it was something added by the Church (fear as a control device? Turn on the news....) Anyway, here is Hell, as explained by a chemistry student The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.20.2011
I’m a little shy about telling people that my novels are about medieval Jews who pretend to be Christians so they won’t be persecuted. When I tell friends they usually give me a blank look or a polite, “Oh, uh huh.” One has to wonder why a Christian girl would become so engrossed in the topic that...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Oct.19.2011
Thomas Merton, Roman Catholic Trappist monk (1915-68) was one of the greatest proponents of "inter-spirituality" in modern history. He believed that the pursuit of a mystical life was the key to meaning, as well as unity, between people. He was right then. He's still right today. I'm a Christian by...
bob-mustin's picture
Oct.16.2011
  A Gift For The Sultan, by Geoffrey Fox   image via betterworldbooks.com I had expected this book to be a depiction of the historic Islamic siege of Constantinople - or Byzantium, if you will. Instead, it's an erudite look at the Christian and Islamic cultures that met in head to head...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.10.2011
Lately I was surprised to run across a term I’d never heard before, “Hebrew-Christians”. This is an old term appearing in historic census records from the Holy Land and Poland, referring to Jews who considered their ethnicity as Jewish but their religion to be Christian. Of course the earliest...