The Song of Roland

December 7, 2016
The medieval era was the era of epic poems. The English have Beowulf and the Spanish have The Poem of the Cid. In France, there is The Song of Roland. This poem has all the elements of a great story. It's got betrayal—Roland, the main character, is betrayed by his stepfather, Ganelon. It has plenty

Thesis #37

November 30, 2016
Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses are well known as the spark of the Protestant Reformation. Luther drew on a mountain of scholarship in drafting the theses, and in one thesis in particular, there is a phrase that has a fascinating history. In thesis 37, Luther is engaging letters of pardon. These, of course, are the indulgences

Augustine on the Psalms

November 23, 2016
Augustine's Explanations of the Psalms has been called "Augustine's longest and at the same time the least read of Augustine's works." It is a long book—more than twice as long as The City of God, and recently published as a five-volume set—and it was also a long time in writing. Augustine first worked on it

Cane Ridge, KY

November 16, 2016
For a week, during a hot and humid August in 1801, Cane Ridge, Ky., was the site of one of the most important events in American religious history. Kentucky was not even ten years old in 1801. It was granted statehood in 1792. The population of Bourbon County, where Cane Ridge is located, was twelve
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