controversy in history
The Islamic State is not “mediaeval”; it’s just cruel and brutal
The Middle Ages were no more violent than what came before or afterwards.
To the shores of Tripoli
From the very beginning, the US could not avoid "foreign entanglements".
Are the Roman martyrs a self-serving Christian myth?
A Notre Dame professor claims that sustained early Christian persecution is a myth.
Why I hate Anzac Day
Australians are forgetting the tragic waste of life in an ill-conceived campaign in World War I.
Faith and science: a dialogue, not a debate
Ian Barbour’s life demonstrated the harmony between physics and faith.
The Christmas tree, a Christian tradition
A story of old England and Germany.
Revolutionary, democrat, statesman
There was another side to "Saint Nelson", says a South African journalist.
Ukraine’s forgotten tragedy
Eighty years after Stalin turned the Ukraine into a death camp where millions died of starvation, few remember.
History is another casualty of Syria’s war
Our past is disappearing as looters with guns and bulldozers pillage some of the world's richest archeological sites.
Too many victims to remember
On August 18, 1941, the Soviet government killed scores of thousands of its own citizens. No one remembers.
A sense of purpose
Mrs Thatcher’s steely resolve to improve Britain is sorely needed today, but tempered by compassion for the post-industrial working class.
The truth about the “Dirty War” and the Pope
Smears about the new Pope have echoed around the world. But leading human rights activists in Argentina deny them.
The myth of disappearing Lebanese Christians
A bombshell report shows that Christians are making a demographic comeback in Lebanon because of tumbling Muslim birth rates.
The Pope seems to be connecting with the Muslim world in a way that no other world leader has.
Catholic women and that other contraceptive mandate
Why do so many church-going women reject Catholic teaching on family planning? At last someone has asked them.
Reverend Moon versus the scientists
The Moonie founder was not the only one with a messiah complex.
Is Man by Nature in Relation to the Infinite?
The notion of "let's be reasonable about this" has a long history and a deep meaning behind it.
Mexico’s growing pains
"Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!" said one of its presidents one hundred years ago. Not much has changed.
Time to reform the Reformation
For 500 years, England has denied its Catholic heritage. In our multicultural era, it is high time for the conventional wisdom to be questioned, says a leading historian.
A Kulturkampf primer
The best-known culture war was fought in 19th Century Germany, pitting Prussia's Iron Chancellor against the Catholic Church. The Iron Chancellor lost.
Who dares attack my Chesterton?
Christopher Hitchens' last piece of journalism was a all-out attack on another great journalist, G.K. Chesterton. He came off second best.
Immigration and the “Next America”
The debate over immigration rests on an incomplete version of the country’s national story.
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