Archive for the ‘History’ Category

History Channel Brings The Bible To Life. Well, Sort Of.

Recently I wrote about Hollywood’s revived infatuation with the Bible.  Last Sunday evening, The History Channel joined the trend with the first installment of its 10-hour series, simply titled The Bible. From a ratings standpoint, the show was a huge success.  Approximately 13 million people...
March 8th, 2013 | Culture, Film, History, Media, Religion, Television | Read More

The Story of Civilization: A One Stop Shop for Western History

In 2012, I started working my way through The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. It’s an eleven-tome series on the history of Western civilization, going from Eastern influences on the West in volume one and Greek civilization to Napoleon in volumes two through eleven. I got through...
February 26th, 2013 | Catholics, Church, Culture, Heritage & History, History, Protestant | Read More

Pagan “Northernness”

C.S. Lewis once spoke on the allure of pagan “northernness” and how it ultimately lead to his conversion to Christianity.  He was “engulfed” by “a vision of huge, clear spaces hanging above the Atlantic in the endless twilight of Northnern summer; remoteness, severity.” ...
September 21st, 2012 | Book Reviews, Culture, Evangelicals, History, Religion | Read More

“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History”: A Rant

I have a condition. Whenever I see one particular bumper-sticker, my skin starts to crawl. My lips and fingers itch and ache to burst with rational objection. I may need a doctor’s note to excuse me from ever again reading those six words. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll bare my...
September 6th, 2012 | Culture, Family Issues, History, Worldviews | Read More

The Death And Life Of Great Britain

Only one televised event in history was worse than the London Olympics opening ceremony:  The London Olympics closing ceremony.  While the opening ceremony had some genuinely fun and entertaining moments, the closing ceremony reminded anyone familiar with British history and culture that the end has...
August 21st, 2012 | Culture, History, Music, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Grade School Mythbusters: Christopher Columbus Edition

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” but not because he wanted to defy any maniacally tyrannical flat earthers. That this falsehood still endures in countless textbooks is both remarkable and (if you’re like me) completely maddening. You see, there were no serious flat earthers in Columbus’...
October 10th, 2011 | Book Reviews, Culture, Education, Featured, History, Media, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Irish Impressions: An Old Book Dealing with Racism, Politics, and Ireland

In 1919, G. K. Chesterton published the book Irish Impressions, a book examining the conflict between England and Ireland. That same year marked the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, which ended with the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and Ireland’s rise to dominion status within the British Empire....
September 29th, 2011 | Book Reviews, Culture, Featured, History, Media, Other, Social Experiments | Read More

A Complicated Remembrance

The tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks snuck up on me. For one thing, we’re still calling them the September 11th attacks, as if it happened within the calendar year and all we need is the day and month for reference. Like many far more eloquent writers have said this week, the attacks...
September 12th, 2011 | Culture, Education, Global War on Terrorism, History, Politics | Read More

An Affair to Remember in Words Soon Forgotten

An entire year of planning goes into the brief, televised announcement. A network of hundreds of experts vet every point. Presentation is everything.  The words, carefully chosen, have the power to define the successes of the last year and set expectations for the next. But after countless hours of...
January 27th, 2011 | Conservative/Liberal, Democrats, Film, History, Libertarians, Other, Politics, Republicans, Television | Read More

We Need a Darker Christmas

Tis the season to be trite: twinkling lights, evergreen branches, sentimental images of multigenerational gatherings, and the ever-present stars.  Everywhere you look it is happy, gleeful, giggly, cinnamon-sugary.  All is bathed in warmth and light, with no room for darkness.  And few of us think...
December 22nd, 2010 | Culture, History, Religion, The Gospel, Worldviews | Read More