Category Archives: History

Spring of Goliath

The history of the world turns on small events. One bright day in September in 2001 about 3000 people died when Moslem terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into buildings. If things had gone differently on another day in September, … Continue reading

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How’s It Going?

We are about a third of the way through the second decade of the twenty-first century. How have the first thirteen years of this new century stacked up when compared to the events of the same period during the advent … Continue reading

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Expulsions

A common criticism leveled against Israel is that they stole the land from the Palestinians and expelled them during the creation of that nation in 1948. The criticism is not reasonable, despite the case that about 700,000 Palestinians left the … Continue reading

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11-22-63

November 22, 2013 was the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. It comes to my mind, not so much because of the endless retrospectives on TV, but because I recently … Continue reading

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Atomic Weapons

I recently finished reading a book by Richard Rhodes called The Making of the Atomic Bomb. First published in 1987, it was reissued in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition last year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, the National Book … Continue reading

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A Man of War

The KJV renders Exodus 15:3 in this way: “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.” Most modern translations simply render it “The LORD is a warrior.” The passage in Exodus is neither a pre-Christian allusion … Continue reading

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History

In answer to the question, why study history: “The world seemed an odd place, and I wondered how it got that way.” – Attributed to R.H. Tawney, historian If you’ve ever wondered about the value of history, you’ve doubtless heard … Continue reading

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God and the Founding Fathers

Many well-meaning people argue that the United States was founded by Christian men as a Christian nation. Undoubtedly, many of the founders were Christians. But some of the most well-known of the founders were demonstrably not. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, … Continue reading

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Cuneiform

A few years ago my wife and I took a vacation to visit some friends living in the Seattle area. On our way up we stopped at various tourist attractions. In San Jose, we visited the Winchester Mystery House, built … Continue reading

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Titanic

When the traditional day for our taxes being due arrived last year, some of us remembered the 100th anniversary of another disaster: the sinking of the Titanic on a dark and cold night. Somewhere in the North Atlantic in that … Continue reading

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