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  1. Harel13


    I finished reading earlier today Patricia Crone and Michael Cook's "Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World" (1977 ed.). I admit I only skimmed the last section of the book and the first appendix. One of the previous owners of the book (which I had borrowed from the uni library) had...
  2. DharmaCatLamp

    There is no Buddhism without Hinduism and Vice Versa

    Howdy. So, there was a thread recently on Hinduism vs Buddhism. I personally thought it was a fun thread but what had occurred to me as I read it was that a lot of people seem to divorce these two traditions from each other. It’s true that there is an abundance of differences that have emerged...
  3. Truthseeker

    Glimpses of a Hundred Years of Endeavour

    Just released by World Center:
  4. Harel13

    A theory on Daniel 1:1

    A little over a month ago I thought of a theory to explain a seeming historical discrepancy with Daniel 1:1. I first posted the theory on the Judaism Stackexchange here, but as the answer just seemed too simple, I've been wondering since whether it was just too good to be true. Hence I'm going...
  5. MatthewA


    This is for you: In this Material World : Have you ever heard about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls? This is a 4 part history of the Dead Sea Scrolls from finding them, and even uncovering more. At the end will be the conclusion. Hope that it helps you understand what the Dead Sea...
  6. The Crimson Universe

    Need help in understanding a paragraph.

    I don't know if this is the right place to post about historical stuff. But anyway here it goes. I was reading this book where the author says that, there was this great flood that took place around 4000 BC in Mesopotamia (as per archaeologists). Now here comes the difficult part. The author...
  7. questfortruth

    The fall of Christianity in USA

    Why the fall of Christianity? The status quo of the US was Christianity. HISTORIC record: 1962 - Engel v. Vitale: removal of prayer in public schools by "supreme court". 1963 - Abington School District v. Schempp: removal of Bible reading in public schools by the "supreme court". 1973 - Roe...
  8. Tambourine

    On the nature of the Confederacy, the American Civil War, and Slavery

    Just a short note on my background, to place my statements into proper context: I am not American. I am from Austria, where I first studied philosophy, then trained to be a teacher of English and History in Austrian schools. My education in history naturally focused on European history, although...
  9. 2

    Does history match the prophesies of the bible?

    How is history matching the revelations of the bible, and how does that affect everyone? There are 7 plus one beasts of Revelation 13, and the most relevant one today is the 7th, the beast with two horns like a lamb, Constantine the Great King of Rome, who succeed the 6th head of the...
  10. Neutral Name

    Old School Refugee Crisis

    I stumbled on this and found it interesting. https://www.history.com/news/when-america-despised-the-irish-the-19th-centurys-refugee-crisis At one time, the Irish were the refugee crises in the U.S. I guess history does repeat itself.
  11. A

    Shirdi Sai Baba history

    Shirdi SaiBaba remains a popular saint and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and of course world over. Debate on his Hindu or Muslim origins continues to take place. He is also revered by several notable Hindu and Sufi religious leaders. Some of his...
  12. Kartari

    Optimism in Dark Political Times

    Hey all. Jon Meacham's been making the rounds with his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. I'm looking forward to reading it in the near future. I caught a 30-minute interview with him on NPR while driving home earlier today and thought I'd share. I think we should...
  13. A

    Donmeh-Sabbateans in (Secular Republic of) Turkey

    I am uncertain how many people are familiar with this tale that is known to students of Medieval Judaism/Islam or Ottoman history. But in the middle of the 17th century a false messiah named Sabbatai(Saturn in English) Svi emerged in Islambul, Ottoman Empire, which absorbed the expelled from...
  14. Lorgar-Aurelian

    Is world peace coming?

    I don't think humans will ever achieve world peace. We simply are not built for that kind of thing. We're built as far as I can tell for war and hatred. I've never thought humanity can be truly united and quite honestly it's not an idea I think of with any real fondness. That being said do you...
  15. Lorgar-Aurelian

    Japanese history.

    I was just wondering if anyone could recommend a good book on Japanese history? I have a free book from audible and I was wondering if anyone might have some suggestions I could find on audible as well?
  16. Lorgar-Aurelian

    What would history and religion in the west look like without Christianity?

    I have been wondering recently what the western world would look like without Christianity or without Christianity being the dominant religion? It could be argued that Christianity both divided Europe at times and united it at others. It's possible it was a bit of Christian unity that helped...
  17. Lorgar-Aurelian

    Mythism : Did the prophets actually exist?

    It's not too difficult to find someone who will tell you that say Zeus never existed. It is however much less common to find people who will tell you that Jesus never existed. You may even get some people who outright deny that Jesus was God or that Christianity has any merit but still affirms...
  18. Lorgar-Aurelian

    Why Isn't monotheism the first form of spirituality?

    I’ve often wondered why monotheism isn’t the first form of religion we see historically if things like christianity are true. You would think if God only wanted us to worship him and would punish us otherwise he’d be sure to be the very first spiritual concept humans understood. Of course...
  19. Lorgar-Aurelian

    Favorite historical period to study?

    I was just wondering what everyone's favorite historical periods or events to learn about were? You don't have to list just one but go ahead and list which ones strike your fancy the most. I personally have a wide variety of interests but I'd have to say my favorites are as follows. Medieval...
  20. Meander_Z

    Considering Jesus independently from the Bible

    This is essentially a question about the historical Jesus. I find that I'm quite fascinated by the figure of Jesus. I adored him when I was Christian, and I still have a lingering affection for him to this day. Jesus was a groovy fellow, and in general I dig him a lot. Still it's come to my...