What Does the ‘Triumph’ of Christianity Really Mean?

What does it mean for Christianity to ‘Triumph’? As seen in the photo, this is the title of one of Rodney Stark’s books, The Triumph of Christianity. Actually I’m not taking aim at this historian or even this book. Rodney Stark has had a distinguished career as a sociologist/historian, the last many years at Baylor University… Read More What Does the ‘Triumph’ of Christianity Really Mean?

Nisibis in the 5th Century: First Christian University in History

It has been often taught that the first Universities were in Europe, and particularly so when it comes to “Christian” ones. But this must be re-evaluated when considering that there were several centers of learning in Asia centuries before Oxford, Bologna, Paris and others existed. In my blog post The First Universities were in Asia, not… Read More Nisibis in the 5th Century: First Christian University in History

An Old House on a Hill: Continuity and Change in History and the Future

Last week I was on a teaching assignment in Tarrytown, New York, a historic and beautiful area just north of Manhattan on the Hudson River. While there I visited the Lyndhurst Mansion estate. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis in an American Gothic style, the first owner was a former New York City mayor.… Read More An Old House on a Hill: Continuity and Change in History and the Future