Curator Letizia Treves curates (30:51)
In 1954, the Comics Code Authority was created to monitor comics before they were delivered to the public.
By Alan Kistler @ Polygon
Paul Freedman is the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University. (45:49)
Professor of philosophy John Kaag discovered an abandoned library in New Hampshire full of rare first edition books of the great works of Western philosophy, many of which were owned by quintessentially American thinkers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James.
Via Art of Manliness (49:28)
An introduction and overview of mass communication.
The Jewish revolt against Rome failed, but Josephus’s account became a pillar of the Israeli national story – and a touchstone for Christians.
By Barry Strauss @ The Wall Street Journal
Religion for breakfast (7:22)
Religion and Early Politics
By John Fea
This article originally appeared in Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine
Volume XXXVII, Number 4 – Fall 2011
New film on Mark Twain highlights his religious doubts
By Kimberly Winston @ Religion News Services via The Salt Lake Tribune
Ancient Conceptions of Happiness
Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Chandler School of Theology.
A First at a Century Old Seminary
By Rick Rojas @ The New York Times
Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today by John Shelby Spong @ Good Reads
From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity by Bart Ehrman @ Sycamore Creek Church
The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History by Craig R. Koester @ SnagFilms
A Revolutionary Spirit Born of the Crusades and Napoleonic Wars
By Shlomo Avineri @ Literary Hub
Matt Oram @ New Books Network (53:35)
This is part of a series, “Op-Eds From the Future,” in which science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write Op-Eds that they imagine we might read 10, 20 or even 100 years from now.
Opinion by Steven James @ The New York Times
A historian shows how the pursuit of God and “black gold” went hand in hand—and how it changed the shape of American Christianity.
Book review by Heath W. Carter @ Christianity Today
Bart Ehrman (1:21:30)
I have not read The Da Vinci Code but I did suffer through the film.
I am a great fan of Bart Ehrman’s work and have read several of his books.
How the story of Anita Bryant became legend without being true
By Emily S. Johnson @ The Washington Post
In the internet age what’s the point of libraries? Do we even need these brick and mortar buildings when a lot of knowledge can be found online?
Written and hosted by Danielle Brainbridge @ PBS Digital Studios
By Peter Baker @ The New York Times
Lincoln’s faith has long been a source of debate among scholars. Growing up, he rejected his parents’ Baptist religion, seeing it as too emotional. He never joined a church, and as a young man, he was viewed as the “village atheist.”
In a change.org petition, EmpowerWest wrote, “We call for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to make an act of repentance and repair to descendants of American slavery for its leading role in crafting a moral and biblical defense of slavery; for its support of the Confederacy; for perpetuating the Lost Cause mentality; and for defending Jim Crow policies. We call the Seminary to transfer a meaningful portion of its financial wealth to a black-led educational institution which is outside the Seminary’s sphere of influence.”
A review of Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Grant Wacker @ First Things.
CBS News (28:39)
By Adam Kirsch @ The New Yorker
I came across this article from The Western Journal, a conservative website founded by conservative opinion commentator Floyd Brown, which critiques a HuffPost Q&A session with Penny Lane, director of the documentary Hail Satan?
The critique has a modicum of weight to it. There are indeed practitioners of theistic Satanism, in far-right Nazi groups for example. Additionally, The Western Journal article cites Santa Barbara Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Russell’s work on the history of theistic Satanism. I have not read any of Russell’s books, but a review of an Amazon product description to his tome A History of Witchcraft reveals, “Whether the diabolical witchcraft for which men and women went to the stake ever existed is open to question. What matters more is that it was believed by intellectuals and peasants alike.”
Here is a short history of the many incarnations of the the devil as depicted in the Bible from The Biblical Archaeology Society.
The Reformation at 500
Brad S.Gregory holds the Dorothy G. Griffin Chair in the Department of History at the recently ravaged University of Notre Dame.
By Owen Jarus @ LiveScience
King Herod (circa 74 to 4 B.C.) was a king of Judea who ruled the territory with Roman approval.
“Without a doubt [Herod] was the greatest builder in the Holy Land, planning and overseeing the execution of palaces, fortresses, theatres, amphitheatres, harbours, [Masada] and the entire city of Caesarea, and to crown them all, he organized the rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem,” Gaza Vermes writes in his posthumous book, “The True Herod.”
Herod also executed one of his at least 10 wives and three of his children.
The ancient historian Josephus claimed that Herod was so despised in his final days and Herod had become so bitter toward his own people, that he asked his sister, Salome, to kill many of them after he died. Salome disobeyed, and released the prisoners upon his death.