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How the monasteries preserved and advanced education and culture in the middle ages:
Angie Mosteller wrote a great book about Christmas – details, history, traditions – that is really fascinating. She explains here about the tradition of recognizing Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas.
There's more to Squanto's story than most people know. Teaching the Pilgrims what they needed to survive in the new world is just the end of an amazing story. It's an illustration of God working through sinful circumstances to bring His good purpose into action, similar to Joseph's in the Bible. What happened before Squanto met the Pilgrims is dramatic. Watch Eric Metaxes tell the account here. COMMENTS
Contrary to stereotypes, the Puritans were engaged in life on this earth because of their thoroughly integrated Christian worldview that "all of life is God's."
William Brewster was one of the leading separatists who protested religious intolerance in England.
William Bradford was the long-serving governor of the Plymouth Colony. He arrived in the new world in 1621. Bradford helped author the Mayflower Compact, which set out the civil laws the settlers agreed to live by. The Compact provided for fair treatment for all with the common good in view. This is the general view of government that the Founding Fathers had in mind as they drew up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These ideas were fundamental in the very beginning of our country with the Pilgrims.
Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who taught in Wittenburg, Germany in the early 16th century. For years, the guilt of his sin overwhelmed him, and the means the church provided for penance didn't relieve him of his guilt. Reading the library Bible one day (Bibles weren't widely available at the time), he came across Romans 1:16-17 and he understood the Gospel as he never had before. "The just shall live by faith." Reconciliation with God was by grace alone through faith alone.
Dr. David Livingstone was a celebrity in his day. The reporter who set out through Africa to find him after a two-year silence prepared his famous line for when they finally met: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" He found him working and serving the people of Africa that Livingstone dedicated his life to.
Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard has both positive and negative aspects. In the end, I do recommend reading it. But don’t give it to non-Christians expecting it to be a dramatic replacement for reading the Gospels themselves. The authors tell an engaging history of Jesus’ life, but they falter seriously on some important parts of that history, which displays their bias.
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