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How did ISLAM lead to the DARK AGES, then RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION?
Caliph Umar fought alongside of Mohammed in nearly all his battles Umar's daughter Hafsa was one of Mohammed's wives Waging jihad, Umar conquered enormous areas, including: -Eastern Roman Empire Muslim pirates terrorized the Mediterranean, blockading trade. This caused an economic disaster in Roman Europe by diminishing products moving from North Africa and the Middle East to Rome. An important item no longer shipped was papyrus -- reeds from the Nile delta which were used for paper in Europe. The sudden shortage of paper resulted in a decline of writing, literacy, and fewer books being written. This was a key factor in the beginning of THE DARK AGES. The world's largest and oldest library was in Alexandria,…
Four Dominican Sisters Stopped for Gas — and the Rest Is History
The Sisters' encounter with Tom Monaghan that day was manifestly providential. Today, twenty years after their founding on February 9, 19...
What the Best President Can Teach Us about the Worst
by James West Davidson We expect too much of our presidents. Especially at this season, when we honor the two chiefs universally acknowledged as our finest. The mistake is understandable, for it’s human nature to embrace Thomas Carlyle’s assertion that “the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.” Great men and women there have been; and surely Lincoln stands among them. But he understood all too well the limits of “our poor powers to add or detract,” to borrow a phrase from the fields of Gettysburg. For that reason a certain modesty about his achievements should be our wisdom as well as his. And it may also suggest a way forward in the shadow of one of our…
Urgent Opportunities 2017
Are you still searching for a meaningful volunteer experience – or know someone who is There are still some wonderful full-time, faith-based service opportunities remaining for 2017 – 2018. The following listing contains dozens of programs* serving across the U.S. and abroad and offering a variety of engaging work placements. We encourage you to take a look, and to move fast on any program that interests you! These opportunities may not remain open long. Click the icon or the link below to start your journey: *Programs listed in alphabetical order. Questions about this listing? Interested in a specific program? Have another opportunity to add? Contact Mike McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org . Looking for some service inspiration? Check…
What to do when you are Bible Stumped
What happens when a friend asks you a question in the Bible and you are stumped? What do you do? Here are 3 things you can do.
Surgeon jumps from bridge after divorce from TV personality wife
A top local surgeon and the ex-husband of ABC News’ chief women’s health correspondent killed himself by leaping off the George Washington Bridge, it was reported Sunday. Dr. Robert Ash…
I’m an Atheist! Now What?
As I mentioned in my last blog post, unlike progressive traditions such as the United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalism, and Humanism—all of which stick closely to the college-educated demographic—atheism crosses all lines, from race to class to gender, et cetera. Some people never believe in a god; some realize one day that they have [Read More...]