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Month: March 2018

Origins of the Bible

 

Within the historical point of view, there has been a great discussion regarding which Bible is authentic. In the 21st century, this deliberation is not as questioned as it was in earlier centuries, but it is still a question. Many insist that their Bible is the original and true, largely based on their beliefs and feelings. Thus, the discussions fall on whether the original language . . .

The Beginning of Church and State in Christianity

In ancient times, there was usually an official religion of the government. That is not to say that if you did not practice a certain religion, you would be punished. Ancient governments often allowed people to practice their own religion as long as that religion did not pose a threat to the government or the government-sanctioned religion.

 

It has often been said that Constantine . . .

Conflicts between History and Archaeology

 

To determine the conflicts between history and archaeology, we must first examine what each is. Archaeology is the physical evidence that consists of artifacts, including texts written by persons in the past in the context of their own time, culture, and experience—things difficult for those of us in the 21st century to envision. History is the telling of events a . . .

The Historical Point of View

 

When we look at history, we tend to look at it through a 21st-century kaleidoscope, without understanding the cultures, customs, and experiences of the people who shaped the events of which we read. We ignore the persons and writers of those times in favor of the historian, author, or performer of our own time who tells of the events in days gone by. Modern writers use 21st-century p . . .