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  • Should we ban Christmas? Telling children the myth of Santa Claus could damage them, claims...

    06/06/2014 3:33:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Fairy tales and believing in Father Christmas could cause children harm.This is according to controversial biologist Richard Dawkins who warned an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the dangers of make-believe. In typically incendiary style, Dawkins suggested it was 'pernicious to instil in a child the view that the world is shaped by supernaturalism.'The 73-year-old acknowledged that the appeal of fairytales lay in their magic but believes they may be causing more harm than we think.He also questioned whether we should let children believe in the myth of Father Christmas at all.'Is it a good thing to go along...
  • Rare Roman coin found in Acle only the second of its kind

    02/09/2013 4:38:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    edp24 ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Lauren Rogers
    An incredibly rare Roman coin discovered in Acle has been donated to Norwich Castle Museum. The coin -- only the second of its kind known in the world -- was unearthed by Dave Clarke during the Springfield archaeology dig last summer. Acle Parish Council has sent the ancient artefact to Norwich where it may go on display and will be used by experts to identify and date other coins. The coin dates from AD 312 when Emperor Constantine I ruled the Roman world. The only other example was found in the 18th Century and is on show in Lisbon. One...
  • Scholars Unearth Mystery (Romans)

    02/19/2006 4:46:32 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 1,559+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 2-13-2006 | Jim Erickson
    Scholars unearth mysteryVilla of Roman emperor raises new questions for researchers on dig in Italy Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius is depicted on a coin. Print By Jim Erickson Rocky Mountain News February 13, 2006 In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon portrays the pagan emperor Maxentius as a licentious youth and "a tyrant as contemptible as he was odious." Historians have long assumed that the reviled Roman emperor lived part-time at an 80-acre suburban villa complex until he was killed by his rival Constantine at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in A.D. 312....
  • Emperor Maxentius insignia found in Rome

    12/03/2006 11:57:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 555+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/06 | Marta Falconi - ap
    ROME - Archaeologists have unearthed what they say are the only existing imperial insignia belonging to Emperor Maxentius — precious objects that were buried to preserve them and keep them from enemies when he was defeated by his rival Constantine. Excavation under Rome's Palatine Hill near the Colosseum turned up items including three lances and four javelins that experts said are striking for their completeness — digs usually turn up only fragments — and the fact that they are the only known artifacts of their kind. Clementina Panella, the archaeologist who made the discovery, said the insignia were likely hidden...
  • Rome's Palatine Hill shows new treasures

    01/23/2007 5:07:37 PM PST · by Dysart · 41 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 1-23-07 | ARIEL DAVID
    ROME - Work on Rome's Palatine Hill has turned up a trove of discoveries, including what might be the underground grotto where ancient Romans believed a wolf nursed the city's legendary founders Romulus and Remus. ADVERTISEMENT Archaeologists gathered Tuesday at a conference to save crumbling monuments on the Palatine discussed findings of studies on the luxurious imperial homes threatened by collapse and poor maintenance that have forced the closure of much of the hill to the public.While funds are still scarce, authorities plan to reopen some key areas of the honeycombed hill to tourists by the end of the year,...
  • Emperor's Treasures Found (Maxentius)

    01/31/2007 2:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 1-31-2007 | Richard Owen
    Emperor's treasures found Richard Owen ROME The lost treasure of Maxentius, the last preChristian Roman emperor, has been unearthed by archaeologists. Imperial standards, lances and glass spheres, right, were buried on the Palatine Hill by Maxentius before his battle with Constantine the Great in AD312. Archaeologists believe that he planned to retrieve the treasure if he won. In the event, he and his closest aides were killed, so that no one knew where it was hidden.
  • Archaeologists in Turkey claim they found piece of Jesus’ cross

    08/02/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | August 2, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Archaeologists digging around an ancient church in Turkey say they’ve made a startling discovery and unearthed a piece of the cross that used to crucify Jesus. The diggers found a stone chest this week and inside were several relics believed to be tied to the crucifixion. Among them was a piece of the actual cross upon which Jesus was nailed, one historian with Turkey’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts said in the Hurriyet Daily News.
  • Relics unearthed in Turkey may contain piece of Jesus' cross

    08/01/2013 9:26:53 AM PDT · by Sopater · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01, 2013
    Archeologists conducting excavations at the site of a church in Turkey have unearthed a stone chest containing a relic that may be part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The items were discovered during a large-scale excavation at the Balatlar Church, which was built in A.D. 660 near the Black Sea, Today's Zaman reported. Professor Gülgün Köroğlu, an associate professor at Turkey's Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and excavation leader, told the newspaper the artifacts are linked to Jesus' crucifixion.
  • The True Cross (Separating Myth From History)

    07/16/2003 11:52:04 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | 7-16-2003 | Jan Willem Drijvers
    The True Cross Separating Myth from History Jan Willem Drijvers In the days of Constantine the Great, the cross on which Jesus died was “rediscovered” in Jerusalem. Tradition gives Constantine’s mother, Helena, full credit for the find. Today, visitors to Jerusalem are shown the very spot, in a cistern beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the empress is said to have unearthed not only the true cross, but the nails that punctured Jesus’ hands and feet, the crosses of the two thieves who died beside Jesus, and the plaque, naming Jesus “King of the Jews,” that hung on...
  • Constantine Has Been Beaten to Death (by anti-catholics)

    05/25/2013 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 255 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jon Sorensen
    I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “beating a dead horse.” It refers to something that has been said or done so many times that it has outlived its usefulness. This is especially true of arguments that are not only old but also untrue.Like the proverbial horse, the Roman emperor Constantine has been beaten to death by anti-Catholics.I make it a point to check all of the comments posted on our YouTube and Facebook pages at least twice a day. As sure as fish live in water, I have come to expect at least one message a day from a...
  • Happy Easter, Which is Not Named After Istar, OK?

    03/30/2013 9:35:24 PM PDT · by donmeaker · 29 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Megan McCardle
    My unfavorite new Facebook meme is this bit of sillyness which has apparently been spotted everywhere from the feeds of my college friends to (allegedly) that of Richard Dawkins' Foundation for Reason and Science:
  • Global Inflation - waiting for a new Constantine

    05/31/2012 7:32:04 AM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 31st, 2012 | Dr Norman Bailey
    It is worthwhile noting that inflation as a factor of global economic security has the innate capacity to upend carefully laid plans and further upset the equilibrium, being a source of economic hardship that only a limited number of state actors can affect via their national policies argue former Reagan advisor Dr Norman Bailey and Dr Alexander Mirtchev Governments everywhere are responding by devaluing currencies, applying price restrictions, raising interest rates or imposing currency controls — in a way, true to the legacy of Diocletian. In some cases, they are attempting to obfuscate price increases — by changing definitions, altering...
  • Global Inflation Wave. Economists about economic crisis and Emperor Constantine's solution.

    05/21/2012 7:17:20 AM PDT · by se99tp
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 21st, 2012 | Dr Norman Bailey
    Confronted by multiple challenges in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis and having exhausted more traditional central bank levers which left interest rates at near zero, governments adopted a series of policies almost as a matter of course. Whether termed ‘credit easing’, ‘quantitative easing’ or ‘twisting’, these policies all have one thing in common – they increase the money supply... Further complicating the book keeping, some central banks, most significantly the U.S. Federal Reserve, are maintaining the policy of directly monetizing the federal debt. To be clear, debt monetization is not a result of the 2008-2009 crisis;...
  • Happy Chanukah to All: Jew and Gentile Alike

    12/21/2011 8:00:41 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 20 replies
    The eight days of Chanukah this year begin on Tuesday the 20th of December. The Jewish historian Josephus gives an account of the history:The First Chanukkah (December 164 BCE)Key excerpt:["And on the twenty-fifth day of  the month Kislev, which the Macedonians call Apellaios, they lighted the lights [phôta] that were on the menorah, and offered incense upon the altar, and laid the loaves upon the table, and offered whole burnt offerings upon the new altar. As it happened, these things took place on the very same day on which, three years before, the divine worship had been reduced to an impure and...
  • Evidence suggesting the palace of Emperor Constantine I unearthed in Bulgaria

    08/14/2011 2:19:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    TruthDive ^ | Sunday, August 14, 2011 | News Desk / ANI
    Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered evidence, suggesting the palace of Byzantine Emperor Constantine I. A unique dwelling and a church from the 4th century have been the most recent sensation that came up from Sofia downtown's underground depths, reports the Standard News. The archeologists have not confirmed for sure the identity of the findings as excavations continue. All facts for now, however, lead towards the variant that the palace of the first Christian Emperor lies just under the square in front of St Nedelya Church. Bulgaria's Minister of Culture, Vejdi Rashidov and Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova presented the latest archeological findings....
  • WA: King Co Exec Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his PR firm

    02/24/2011 10:29:54 PM PST · by Stoat · 9 replies
    The Washington Policy Center ^ | February 22, 2010 | Paul Guppy
    Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his campaign’s public relations firm February 22, 2011 by Paul Guppy King County Executive Dow Constantine is laying off sheriff’s deputies and county prosecutors, while using County funds to hire the private public relations firm he used in his campaign.The King County sheriff reports Constantine’s budget cuts eliminated all property-crime investigation teams, closed neighborhood police stations and reduced other crime-fighting services.The County Prosecutor says Constantine’s cuts resulted in a reduction of 16 deputy prosecutors and eight support staff, and that his office is less able to enforce the...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Hope to Find Constantine's Palace

    06/25/2010 6:58:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Novanite ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | unattributed
    A large ancient building located under the St. Nedelya Cathedral in downtown Sofia might turn out to be a palace of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, according to Bulgarian archaeologists. The building might also turn out to be the ancient thermae, or public baths of the ancient Roman city of Serdica, today's Sofia, according to architect Konstantin Peev, head of the EKSA company, which is helping the Sofia Municipality with the excavation and restoration of the archaeological heritage of the Bulgarian capital. The excavations at the Sofia Largo and the so called Metro Station 2-8 next to the Tzum retail...
  • Ex-friend tries to explain Spitzer

    03/09/2010 5:42:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 459+ views
    politico.com ^ | March 9, 2010 | Ben Smith
    A new book by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s ex-best-friend offers to fill a gap that has frustrated analysts of Spitzer’s aborted career: A grand unified theory of Spitzer’s spectacular fall, which ended with his resignation and disgrace nearly two years ago. Lloyd Constantine, a Spitzer mentor who became a close friend and top deputy, believes that Spitzer’s “compulsion” to use prostitutes began to twist his friend’s character during 2006, the year he was elected. Spitzer came to office knowing he was doomed, according to Constantine, and acted irrationally from the moment he arrived - his time in Albany...
  • The Emperor Constantine on death and corrupt government officials

    08/26/2009 11:32:28 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 8 replies · 688+ views
    Taken from The Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine by Eusebius Pamphilus: Chapter XXX.—That he marked out before a Covetous Man the Measure of a Grave, and so put him to Shame. On one occasion he thus personally addressed one of his courtiers: “How far, my friend, are we to carry our inordinate desires?” Then drawing the dimensions of a human figure with a lance which he happened to have in his hand, he continued: “Though thou couldst obtain the whole wealth of this world, yea, the whole world itself, thou wilt carry with thee at last no more than...
  • Emperor Constantine's Last Walk

    08/17/2009 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 25 replies · 1,469+ views
    Peterborough Examiner ^ | July 11, 2007 | Erik Blackthrone O'Barr
    Osprey Media. - Peterborough Examiner - Ontario, CA [Emperor] Constantine's Last WalkJunior Fiction winner Local News - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 @ 00:00 By Erik Blackthrone O'Barr Grade 9 Peterborough Collegiate The cannon fire grew closer with each thundering belch of rock and iron, as the walls of Constantinople, wonders of the world that had never been breached save for treachery, groaned under the strain. Buildings crackled with scorching heat, set ablaze by pitch- covered arrows. The shouts and screams of the dying echoed in the empty streets of the once great city. And Constantine XI Palaiologos, last Emperor of...
  • 'NOOSE' PROF SUES FOR $200M

    04/25/2009 7:29:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,414+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | April 22, 2009 | YOAV GONEN
    She first made national headlines when a hangman's noose was found dangling from her Columbia University office door. Now, Madonna Constantine, the controversial former Teachers College professor fired last year for plagiarism, is resurrecting the image with a $200 million lawsuit that charges her former employer with an "academic lynching." The strongly worded, 92-page claim -- which veers into spy-time territory with its allegations of coverups, evidence destruction and conspiratorial "schemes" -- was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday. A spokesman for Teachers College said the case was "totally without merit, and we intend to defend against it vigorously." Constantine's...
  • I'm too terrified of jail to carry on, says eco-warrior (reality check for 'Face'of activism chic)

    10/15/2008 12:00:18 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 1,451+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) ^ | October 15, 2008 | Benedict Moore-Bridger
    Tamsin Omond: Retiring from the 'frontline' I'm too terrified of jail to carry on, says eco-warriorBenedict Moore-Bridger 15.10.08     CAMBRIDGE graduate and "face" of the climate change campaign Tamsin Omond today revealed she was withdrawing from frontline action, admitting the thought of prison "terrifies" her.The 23-year-old told the Standard that her first full night behind bars had given her a "reality check", and how her parents are now concerned for her future.Ms Omond became one of the leading names in climate change campaigning after joining the so-called "Commons Five" who scaled Parliament in February to protest over plans...
  • UK: Stansted paralysed after climate change protesters break into airport and storm runway

    12/07/2008 11:45:29 PM PST · by Stoat · 41 replies · 2,363+ views
    Flights at Stansted were today grounded after at least 50 climate change protesters broke into the airport and occupied a runway.Activists cut through fencing and once on the landing strip chained themselves together and surrounded themselves with their security fencing to create a ‘fort’.Members of the Plane Stupid organisation, who are protesting against the proposed second runway, grounded flights after achieving their aim of closing the airstrip. The occupied runway had been due to reopen at 5am. Airlines were told to divert their planes in the skies and, although the airport terminal has been opened to passengers, no aircraft...
  • Columbia Professor in Noose Case Is Fired on Plagiarism Charges

    06/24/2008 11:53:59 AM PDT · by xtinct · 20 replies · 345+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/24/08 | Marc Santora
    The Columbia University professor who gained widespread attention last fall after a noose was found hanging on her office door was fired on Monday after months of wrangling over charges that she plagiarized the work of two former students and a former colleague. Madonna G. Constantine, a professor of psychology and education with a focus on racial issues at Columbia’s Teachers College, was sanctioned in February, after an 18-month investigation into the plagiarism charge, but allowed to stay in her job and to appeal the ruling that she had violated the university’s academic standards. But over the last five months,...
  • Helena's (Mother of Constantine) Epiphany Meditation

    01/06/2007 4:14:36 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Off the Record ^ | January 6, ,2006 | Diogenes
    In his historical novel Helena, Evelyn Waugh paints the mother of the Emperor Constantine as a Briton, the daughter of King Cole of Colchester, and a tardy convert to Catholic faith. She is already an old woman by the time she begins her search for the True Cross in Jerusalem, and by Christmastide is fatigued by her labors almost to the point of delirium. During the lengthy Epiphany Mass her exhaustion causes a semi-swoon that is part meditation, part reverie. At a time when many Catholic statesmen, and their chaplains, beamingly connive at assassination of the unborn and elderly, at...
  • Space Impact 'Saved Christianity'

    11/12/2006 10:29:21 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 2,519+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-23-2003 | David Whitehouse
    Space impact 'saved Christianity'By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Did a meteor over central Italy in AD 312 change the course of Roman and Christian history? About the size of a football field: The impact crater left behind A team of geologists believes it has found the incoming space rock's impact crater, and dating suggests its formation coincided with the celestial vision said to have converted a future Roman emperor to Christianity. It was just before a decisive battle for control of Rome and the empire that Constantine saw a blazing light cross the sky and attributed...
  • Palestinian Chief Justice Denounces Settlers Anti Islam Slogans

    06/30/2006 1:43:03 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies · 497+ views
    Palestine-info ^ | 6/28/2006 | Some Paleostinian
    Occupied Jerusalem - Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, the chief justice of Islamic courts in Palestine, denounced in a statement on Wednesday, the anti Islam slogans extremist Jewish settlers of Shafat neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, scribbled on cars and shops. Tamimi considered that activity a crime that reflects hatred and hostility towards the Arab residents and a flagrant, provocative assault on all Muslims. He called on all Arabs and Muslims to adhere to their religion and defend its sanctity, holding the occupation government accountable for such criminal actions. He also asked it to restrain those extremist groups in order to put...
  • Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible!

    08/11/2005 2:40:08 AM PDT · by Navydog · 59 replies · 5,209+ views
    Israel of God ^ | September 15, 2001 | Lon Martin
    Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible! What Did Matthew Actually Write, "Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," OR "Go ye, and make disciples of all the nations IN MY NAME"? This article is based on a publication which was originally written in 1961 and titled “A Collection of the Evidence For and Against the Traditional Wording of the Baptismal Phrase in Matthew 28:19”. The author was a minister, presumably Protestant. He signed his work simply as A. Ploughman. He lived in Birmingham, England. The author had not encountered...
  • Emperor's Decline And Fall (Constantine)

    07/29/2005 3:17:43 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 814+ views
    Times (UK) ^ | 7-29-2005 | Richard Owen
    July 29, 2005 Emperor's decline and fall By Richard OwenA 2,000-year-old treasure reached an ignominious end A SEWER might be no place for an emperor, but that is where archaeologists have discovered a marble statue of the head of Constantine, one of Rome’s greatest leaders. Eugenio La Rocca, the superintendent for Rome’s monuments, said that archaeologists found the 61cm (2ft) head while clearing an ancient drainage system in the Roman Forum, the centre of public life in the ancient city. Signor La Rocca said yesterday that officials were unsure why the statue was in the sewer. One possibility is that...
  • Constantine the Movie: Science Fiction or Anti-Catholic and Anarchist Propaganda?

    05/26/2005 8:56:29 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 50 replies · 3,016+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | April 2005 | James Burke
    CONSTANTINE, TO THE RESCUE? New Republican Archive -- April 2005 Has Warner Brothers finally released a film that takes Roman Catholic doctrine seriously? If you believe that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. WB is the firm that promoted the overtly anti-Christian and pro-Communist "revolutionary virtual" trilogy called The Matrix. That blockbuster science fiction trilogy starred Keanu Reeves in the role of a "Neo" (actually false) Jesus Christ who rejects Christian and Western culture in favor of Nihilistic revolution to save a Bolshevik-influenced "Zion" by imposing a revolutionary Eastern "order" controlled by an Indian goddess ("Sati")...
  • Why Is Scott Still On 'Idol'? Is “votefortheworst.com” propping him up? (+ Bo’s dr

    04/29/2005 7:19:21 AM PDT · by dead · 261 replies · 7,376+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2005 | Don Kaplan
    SCOTT Savol, who seems to be the most unlikely finalist on "American Idol" this season, just keeps hanging on. And viewers are beginning to wonder exactly how Savol, the pudgy kid from Shaker Heights, Ohio, is managing to pull it off, while fan favorites like Constantine Maroulis get the boot, as he did Wednesday night. Some point to the efforts of a Web site called votefortheworst.com, which considers "Idol" a joke and encourages viewers to cast their votes for Savol because, it says, "he is the worst." "I think our site definitely has some effect on the results for 'Idol,'...
  • St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr

    04/13/2005 7:53:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 1,641+ views
    Christ's Faithful People.org ^ | not given | CFP.org
    ST. MARTIN I 649 - 654 AD  The man chosen to face the storm raised by the Emperor Constans was Martin from Todi, of noble birth, learned, experienced, and above all a man of solid virtue. He had served as ambassador to Constantinople and had had dealings with the Byzantine bureaucracy over the question of the deposition of Pyrrhus. He was to need all his experience and all his virtue to face the imperial fury.Scarcely had Martin been consecrated on July S, 649, when he was bombarded with appeals to make a downright condemnation of Monothelism and a ringing declaration...
  • Movie "Constantine" thread

    04/02/2005 11:33:21 PM PST · by I_dmc · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Hollywood Jesus web site ^ | February 16, 2005 | Various
    Synopsis: John Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (KEANU REEVES) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by...
  • Is the Bible from God or Men?

    02/28/2005 12:52:16 PM PST · by TheTruthess · 50 replies · 991+ views
    Truth Tract | Unknown | Perry B. Cotham
    Is the Bible from God or Men?By Perry B. Cotham   Introduction The Bible is either the inspired word of God or it is not.  If it is, then it is true and must be believed and obeyed.  If it is not true, then it is of human origin and the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetrated, since it claims to be from God.  By the Bible, I mean the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.  This is not a study as to which books are canonical or if other books should be included in the Bible. ...
  • Recommendation 666

    03/09/2005 12:18:59 PM PST · by Fan_Of_Ingraham · 18 replies · 1,729+ views
    You would like me to tell you what 666 means, wouldn’t you? I have to confess that I don’t know. But I am certain that there are more than 666 interpretations as to what is meant! This was written for the benefit of those who will be alive in that day. And believers in the Lord Jesus Christ in the day of the manifestation of the man of sin will have a very clear identifying sign that the one that has come to world power is Satan’s great masterpiece.1 J. Dwight Pentecost, 1961 Yet how could I be sure of...
  • It’s Supernatural

    02/21/2005 8:46:06 AM PST · by tbird5 · 27 replies · 1,138+ views
    national review online ^ | 2/21/05 | Steve Beard
    Several years ago, enterprising Christian ministries on college campuses around the nation began showing The Matrix and hosting discussions afterward regarding the nature of reality. They saw the film as a conversation-starter about the big issues of life: What is truth? Is there purpose in life? What is reality? The new movie Constantine may end up being the next film to prompt an incendiary discussion on campus — namely, heaven and hell, angels and demons, salvation and damnation. There seems to be quite an interest in such issues. Prancing through a theological minefield, several spooky spi-fi (spiritual fiction) films such...
  • Fact and Fiction in The DaVinci Code

    06/05/2004 8:52:16 PM PDT · by newberger · 2 replies · 343+ views
    email from The Teaching Company ^ | May 27, 2004 | The Teaching Company
    Dear ..., To thank you for your continued support of The Teaching Company, we have commissioned two free, 30-minute lectures on "Fact and Fiction in The DaVinci Code" from biblical expert Professor Bart D. Ehrman of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of our most popular professors, Professor Ehrman (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a 15-year teaching veteran at UNC and winner of several teaching awards. These lectures are a free gift to you. You may access these free lectures online any time between now and Labor Day, September 6, 2004. Click here to access the free...
  • William and Mary Finally Allows Second Bake Sale, but still Distorts and Disregards Truth

    02/02/2004 2:10:51 PM PST · by WilliamAndMary · 19 replies · 1,702+ views
    Victory for Free Speech at William & Mary WILLIAMSBURG, VA— After pressure from and public exposure by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the College of William & Mary (W&M) has reversed course and allowed an "affirmative action bake sale" to proceed without interference. A student group, the Sons of Liberty, saw its satirical protest unlawfully halted by W&M in November; it was one of many such protests nationwide that were shut down on campuses this past fall. While W&M allowed the group's bake sale to proceed without incident this time, W&M President Timothy J. Sullivan issued a...
  • Three centuries before Christ's birth, people celebrated 25 December, archaeologists claim

    12/28/2003 10:32:36 PM PST · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 2,220+ views
    Indepedent UK ^ | 12/25/03 | David Keys
    Archeologists say they have traced the origins of the first Christmas to be celebrated on 25 December, 300 years before the birth of Christ. The original event marked the consecration of the ancient world's largest sun god statue, the 34m tall, 200 ton Colossus of Rhodes. It has long been known that 25 December was not the real date of Christ's birth and that the decision to turn it into Jesus's birthday was made by Constantine, the Roman Emperor, in the early 4th century AD. But experts believe the origins of that decision go back to 283 BC, when, in...
  • 'Asteroid Impact Could Have Prompted Constantine's Conversion'

    06/18/2003 4:45:56 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 777+ views
    Ananova ^ | 6-18-2003
    'Asteroid impact could have prompted Constantine's conversion' An asteroid which exploded like a nuclear bomb may have converted the Roman emperor Constantine to Christianity it is now being claimed. Scientists have discovered an impact crater dating from the fourth of fifth century in the Italian Apennine mountains. They believe the crater in the Sirente mountains, which is larger than a football field, could explain the legend of Constantine's conversion. Accounts from the 4th century describe how barbarians stood at the gates of the Roman empire while a Christian movement threatened its stability from within. It is said the emperor saw...
  • How Do I Show Which Bible Is Correct To Those Who Refuse To Hear "King James Only" Arguments?

    03/26/2003 5:38:13 PM PST · by Commander8 · 9 replies · 953+ views
    QUESTION: How do I handle professors that don't like to hear "King James only" arguments? They are evaluating using a certain Bible version. They say that they'll listen to evidence about other Bible versions, but do not want the King James mentioned specifically. What do I do?
  • The Witnesses

    02/26/2003 7:11:12 PM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 275+ views
    An Understandable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    It would be extremely beneficial at this point if we could simply produce the original autographs for examination. This would greatly simplify the operation of establishing correctly the New Testament Text. But this simply cannot happen. It has long been acknowledged by scholars that we no longer have the "originals." They have long since passed from the scene. This is due to the fact that scribes were known to destroy worn out MSS after they had copied them. Apparently the church valued the WORDS of the original more than the original itself. Therefore, the readings of the originals must be...