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On this date in 1242 the troops of the Orthodox Novgorod Republic led by Alexander Nevsky defeated the Teutonic Knights in the “Battle of the Ice” on the frozen lake of Lake Peipus. The battle was a victory for the Russians in the Northern Crusade. The clip above is from Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film [...]

Friday Night “Fight” — Noah Edition

I don’t know about the film version… but this is the acme of pop culture and the Noah story…. What’s a cubit?

Sacrifices Must Be Made

William Blake (1809), The Flight of Moloch — one of Blake’s illustrations of On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, the poem by John Milton

What do you do with rubbish? You burn it of course.

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used [...]

Bono on Jesus

An old college of mine posted this on her Facebook… interesting. You can tell he’s read C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”.

In Class With Floyd — Geography

Ruthenian homelands overlaid with gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. From The Economist, 2009

Four years ago, almost to the day, I posted a story about an obscure (to Americans anyway) ethnic group called the Ruthenians whose homeland, as you can see above is in the region of the Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine, Belarus, et [...]

Biblical Movies? Epic.

Ridley Scott, film director and avowed atheist is making a movie based on The Book of Exodus called, appropriately enough Exodus with Christian Bale (Moses) and Aaron Paul (Joshua). This will follow close on the heels of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah The Gospel Coalition asks the question — Can an Atheist Make a Good Bible [...]

The Sin of the Unprofitable Servant

(A friend and I recently had a debate through e-mail regarding the effectiveness of Pope Francis’ recent Evangelii Gaudium. There has also been some debate here, so I thought I’d share what I wrote.)

The Pope walks the walk, but his “trickle down” attack on Capitalism is lousy politics and lousy economics (and lousy [...]

Papal Bull

Where have you gone John Paul? In the spirit of Sergeant Hulka, Francis needs to lighten up.

Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as [...]

Party Like It’s 1999….BC

Afghanistan may be returning to its recent Taliban past by publicly stoning adulterers.

Afghan government officials have proposed reintroducing public stoning as a punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said, even though the practice has been denounced both inside and outside the country as one of the most repugnant symbols of the Taliban regime. [...]

Sister Kirsten

I don’t watch FOXNews (or much TV news at all) much anymore, but I do know that sometime FOX contributor Kirsten Powers is the Democrat who every once in awhile sounds reasonable and is quick to defend folks accused of hatred or ignorance by her fellow liberals. I also knew she claimed to be [...]