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21 08, 2017

History of Christianity – World Religions

By |2018-04-09T23:07:26-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

One of the earliest images of Jesus, from St. Callisto catacomb in Rome (ca. 250 AD) Around the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire, a new religion began among the Jews living in Israel: Christianity. People seem to have felt that these new governments - these big empires - needed bigger, more organized religions to stand up [...]

21 08, 2017

What is a chi-rho symbol? Early Christianity

By |2019-03-26T05:47:59-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

A chi-rho symbol from the Cluny Museum in Paris. This one is missing the alpha. What is a chi-rho symbol? The Chi-Rho symbol is an anagram - a combination - of the first two letters of Christ in Greek, the Chi (our CH) and the Rho (our R). The Chi looks like an [...]

21 08, 2017

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2019-02-10T06:06:07-07:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|1 Comment

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Baptism before Christianity 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 [...]

14 08, 2017

Brigham Young – Mormon religion

By |2019-02-23T14:15:13-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Brigham Young in the 1840s And after they killed Joseph Smith? After a mob killed Joseph Smith, the Mormons chose a new leader, Brigham Young (BRIG-am yung) and wisely left Illinois. The Mormon Church American religion All our American history articles Where did the Mormons move to? In 1847, Brigham Young decided that the Mormons [...]

14 08, 2017

Anne Hutchinson – A Puritan leader

By |2019-01-27T19:13:57-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|0 Comments

Boston in the time of Anne Hutchinson Anne Hutchinson's backstory Anne Hutchinson was born in 1603, the same year that Queen Elizabeth died. Her father was a Puritan minister in England. Like Margaret Cavendish about the same time, Hutchinson was home-schooled with her brothers and sisters. She became a Puritan like her father. Who were the Puritans? More [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

14 08, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. – American history

By |2017-08-14T12:11:27-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

Martin Luther King Jr. leading a protest march One of Martin Luther King's most famous pieces of writing was his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In 1963, Dr. King was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama for participating in a protest march. From the jail, he sent a letter to other Christian ministers - [...]

4 08, 2017

Francis of Assisi – Medieval Europe

By |2018-10-02T06:59:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Francis of Assisi gives his father back his clothes (Giotto, in Assisi) Who was Francis of Assisi? By 1200 AD, the Catholic Church was very powerful. Bishops and popes were often rich men. They cared more about getting rich collecting tithes than they did about praying or helping poor people. What is a bishop? What is the pope? History of [...]

4 08, 2017

Christmas in medieval Europe

By |2019-09-11T10:28:53-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Nativity mosaic (St. Maria in Trastevere, Rome ca. 1300 AD) showing the birth of Jesus on Christmas When did people start to celebrate Christmas? Beginning about 300 AD, people began to think that December 25th was the day when Jesus was born. So they celebrated that day as Christmas. Who was Jesus?  What's happening in 300 [...]