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What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T15:45:39+00:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and to show that [...]

Brigham Young – Mormon religion

By |2017-08-14T15:29:54+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

Brigham Young in the 1840s After a mob killed Joseph Smith, the Mormons chose a new leader, Brigham Young (BRIG-am yung) and wisely left Illinois. In 1847, Brigham Young decided that the Mormons should move way out west to Utah, where the Ute and Paiute people lived. Utah was part of Mexico at this time. In the next year, though, [...]

Mormons – religion and history

By |2018-04-18T17:19:13+00:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons In 1820 AD,  Joseph Smith was fourteen years old. The teenager lived in a small town in New York State. He was upset when he realized that different Protestant ministers in his town had different ideas about God and how to worship God. The Presbyterians thought one [...]

Who was Ingundis? Visigothic Spain

By |2017-08-02T13:41:42+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Gold coin of King Leovigild By the late 500s AD, the Visigoths were the only people in Europe who hadn't converted from Arianism to Catholicism. They were beginning to feel a little old-fashioned. Then a strong, successful king of Spain, Leovigild, married his oldest son, Hermengild, to a Frankish princess, Ingundis. Ingundis was only ten or eleven years old [...]

Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy

By |2017-07-31T09:25:49+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

The baptistery of Pisa, Italy This baptistery is where people baptized  their children in medieval Pisa (PEE-za), in Italy. The people of Pisa built their round baptistery in the Romanesque style around 1150 AD. So the lower levels have round arches. But by the time they finished building the upper part, architects were changing over to the Gothic style. [...]