Archive for the ‘Controversies’ Category

Gehenna: Hell as Metaphor? What and Where was it?

Gehenna: Hell as Metaphor? What and Where was it?

Hell, detail in Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Dull Griet, 1561 By Patrick Hunt –  Gehenna is an old Hebrew toponym (place name) that began...

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Paleopathology and the Destruction of Sennacherib’s Army Besieging Jerusalem in II Chronicles 32, II Kings 19

Peter Paul Rubens, The Defeat of Sennacherib, ca.1612-14, Alte Pinakothek, Munich (Image in public domain) By Patrick Hunt – Historians know...

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Woman Beyond Her Time 

Marriage of Eleanor and Louis VII and Louis Leaving for Crusade, 15th c., Chroniques de St. Denis (image public domain)                    By Emmanuel...

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Chimpanzees and Bees or Genetics and Morality of Individuals and Societies – A Review of The Progressive Gene

How Conservative Britain saw the New America in 1776: “Rebellious Slut” By P. F. Sommerfeldt – Morality is often such a morass of competing and...

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Paleolithic Instincts and Insights?

Bison painting, Chauvet Cave, Ardeche France, ca 32,000 BP (Image public domain) By Patrick Hunt –  How much human behavior can be quantitatively attributed...

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Neanderthals, Scandinavian Trolls and Troglodytes

By Patrick Hunt –  Neanderthal humans (Homo neanderthalensis) are documented in European contexts for around 430,000 years according to new studies,(1) and...

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Four Popes and a Would-Be Emperor: The Council of Constance 1414-1418

Fig. 1 Council of Constance, 1414-18, illustration from Chronicle of Ulrich von Richenthal (image in public domain) By  Andrea M. Gáldy –  Das Konstanzer...

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Mozart and Mathematics

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, posthumous 1819 Barbara Krafft portrait (Image public domain) By Patrick Hunt – In the great scheme of things theoretical, one might...

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Plague and the Medieval Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

Plague and the Medieval Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

  Triumph of Death Wall Painting, ca. 1448, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo (Photo Rob Cook, 2012) By Patrick Hunt –  Plague in the Middle Ages was a constant...

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Africa’s Great Zimbabwe

Africa’s Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe’s Great Enclosure (photo in public domain) By Patrick Hunt –  The Great Zimbabwe ruins in Zimbabwe form what is probably the greatest...

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