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Christianity

Scotland Banned Christmas For 400 Years: Became A Publi...

December 16, 2020

The war on Christmas didn't start with holiday coffee cups and the phrase "season's greetings." It goes back to at least 16th-century Scotland, when the coun...

What Are The 12 Days of Christmas? And Where Does That ...

December 8, 2020

You've likely heard the popular Christmas song, with music penned by Frederic Austin, and the lyrics dating back to 1780, "The 12 Days of Christmas," and the...

Christ The Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro: History, ...

October 12, 2020

Statue of Christ the Redeemer in clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Paulo Fridman/Corbis via Getty Images) There is much to love about the Christ the Redeemer s...

The Worst Things Missionary Junipero Serra Ever Did

July 5, 2020

The statue of the Roman Catholic Spanish priest Junipero Serra is pictured in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020, after it was daubed with graffiti reading "Racist." (...

Saint Patrick Blue: He Wasn't Always Green

March 17, 2020

The altar at Saul Church before the annual Saint Patrick's Day service shows the patron saint of Ireland wearing a blue robe, not a green one. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) ...

Saint Valentine: The Patron Saint Of Bees, Fainting, An...

February 11, 2020

Valentine ministered to persecuted Christians in the third century. Colored engraving, Italy, 1886. (Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images). Today, most of w...

Jesus Christ Was A Shape-Shifter, According To This Anc...

February 5, 2020

You know Jesus, right? Son of God, born in Bethlehem, great with fish, and wine for blood? He was a good guy who could do a lot of cool stuff. According to this o...

The Origins Of Groundhog Day: Why Do We Celebrate It Ag...

February 2, 2020

On February 2, all eyes look to a particular rodent in Pennsylvania to see if he can predict the coming weather better than the television meteorologists. It...

The Origins Of Mermaids: Greek Mythology, Ghosts, And C...

January 9, 2020

Actress Glynis Johns as the title-role in the film Miranda, 1948. (Photo by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Mermaids have been dazzl...

Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten O...

December 28, 2019

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their living si...

Odin And Santa: The Norse God Delivered Gifts With An E...

December 9, 2019

Viking stele showing Odin's horse, Sleipnir. Pagan. From Tjangvide, Alskog, Gotland, Sweden. 9th century. Swedish History Museum. Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by: ...

The Final Resting Place Of Jesus Unveiled 

October 13, 2019

Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ at The Holy Sepulchre. Aedicula. Old city. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Israel. Jerusalem. The Tomb of Christ...

The Incredible Saga of the Crown of Thorns

April 21, 2019

Earlier this week, the eye of the world watched in horror at the televised footage of the devasting fire that swept through the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The a...