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10 Interesting Historical Facts about European Monasteries

10 Interesting Historical Facts about European Monasteries

The monastery was the most influential institution in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.  

The Original ‘War on Christmas’ Was Waged by the Puritans

The Original ‘War on Christmas’ Was Waged by the Puritans

Every December we hear about the 'War on Christmas.' But do you know where it really began?

Do You Know the Bill of Rights? Not Many Do.

Do You Know the Bill of Rights? Not Many Do.

The Bill of Rights contains our most basic and important freedoms... but many Americans can't even name them. Can you?

Was John Wayne’s Masculine Image a Lie?

Was John Wayne’s Masculine Image a Lie?

There is perhaps no manlier icon in Hollywood history than John Wayne.

What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover

What the Founders Understood About Religious Freedom That We Must Recover

The legacy of the Bill of Rights is this: What government did not create, it can neither bestow nor confiscate.

Did Christians Destroy the Classical World?

Did Christians Destroy the Classical World?

Author Catherine Nixey offers a history worth reading the 'The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.'

Hanukkah is About Jewish Survival

Hanukkah is About Jewish Survival

A look at the the origin and development of Hanukkah over the past more than 2,000 years.

How ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Symbolizes the Triumph of Common Sense

How ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Symbolizes the Triumph of Common Sense

The rags to riches backstory of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is one we could all stand to hear.

Harvard Student Whose Father Escaped Communism Has a Message for Her Fellow Students

Harvard Student Whose Father Escaped Communism Has a Message for Her Fellow Students

Laura M. Nicolae, a student at Harvard studying math, shared the story of her father in the college newspaper. And it was powerful. 

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien learned some things about human nature, sex and love during and following his love affair with wife Edith Bratt. Here are eight observations.

C.S. Lewis on Government, Economics, and Freedom

C.S. Lewis on Government, Economics, and Freedom

“I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the freeborn mind’. But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing."

Teacher Discovers that Young Students Really Can Be Taught to Think for Themselves

Teacher Discovers that Young Students Really Can Be Taught to Think for Themselves

Is it time to start teaching kids how to think instead of what to think?

Can America stop being the world's policeman?

Can America stop being the world's policeman?

In his Farewell Address, George Washington urged America to be non-interventionist, but that was before the nuclear age.

There’s a Simple Reason Today’s Students ‘Know Nothing’

There’s a Simple Reason Today’s Students ‘Know Nothing’

American schools have been following the educational ideas of one man for a number of decades... and student knowledge continues to stagnate.

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.

Can You Pass this Century-Old History Exam?

Can You Pass this Century-Old History Exam?

Only 18 percent of today's 8th graders are proficient in U.S. history, and barely any could probably pass this test. 

Black Friday Videos: Barbarians Come in Every Color

Black Friday Videos: Barbarians Come in Every Color

Black Friday videos reveal a lot about human nature. 

What to Do On Thanksgiving

What to Do On Thanksgiving

In a culture so animated by people wanting, taking, and consuming, Thanksgiving stands alone. It is a time of humility, a time to remember all those who toiled and struggled to secure the blessings we have, a time to maybe even acknowledge the hand of Providence. 

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era

The first President's humility, faith, and outlook stand in stark contrast to the politicians of our time. 

Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a US Holiday

Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a US Holiday

Without the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale, Thanksgiving may never have become the national holiday it is today.

Progress Comes Through Conflict?

Progress Comes Through Conflict?

It is an odd thing about man; even at peace we need outlets for competition and conflict.

Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)

Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)

The cultural historian Jacques Barzun suggested that persecution is just as likely to germinate in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry as under an atmosphere of repression.

Did Early Christians Believe that Mary was a Teen Mother? It's Complicated

Did Early Christians Believe that Mary was a Teen Mother? It's Complicated

The Proto-gospel of James tends to fill in gaps left by the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Cicero was the Roman Socrates, a man who stood for the community over time, rather than the community of the moment. Like his Greek ancestor, Cicero died a martyr.

Inquisition Torture: Not what you think?

Inquisition Torture: Not what you think?

A sobering comparison of the results of the Inquisition and secular torture. 

A Historian Explains Why America Will Probably Fail

A Historian Explains Why America Will Probably Fail

The English historian Paul Johnson wondered if America could ever atone for its original sins.

Barzun in 1999: The Internet Will Lead to Isolation and Chaos

Barzun in 1999: The Internet Will Lead to Isolation and Chaos

'The contents of the Internet were the same old items in multiplied confusion.'

What is 'Cultural Marxism'?

What is 'Cultural Marxism'?

The term is getting thrown around a lot these days. 

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