painting of the biblical prophet Job
Christianity

An Analysis of Biblical Prophets

January 31, 2017

Prophets are people who are understood as conveying God’s words or messages to their communities. Contrary to the popular image that many people have, prophets […]

Historical Painting depicting Rumi on horseback surrounded by people
Islam

Rumi: The Poet of Spiritual Love

January 20, 2017

The way of love is emphasized by Jalal ad-Din Rumi, whose dates are 1207–1273. He is called Mawlana, “our Lord,” by followers. Rumi is recognized […]

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Christianity

The Truth about Mary Magdalene

December 14, 2016

Although famed in Western culture as a repentant prostitute, and sometimes in popular imagination considered Jesus’ lover or even his wife, Mary Magdalene, as she […]

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Christianity

How Stoicism Influenced Christianity

December 14, 2016

Before Christianity there was Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy whose tenets—such as monotheism and belief a rational plan for the Universe—anticipated Christian theology in many ways. Philo […]

Domenico di Michelino Dante and His Poem (1465) fresco, in the dome of the church of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence (Florence's cathedral). Dante Alighieri is shown holding a copy of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. He is pointing to a procession of sinners being lead down to the circles of Hell on the left. Behind him are the seven terraces of Purgatory, with Adam and Eve representing Earthly Paradise on top. Above them, the sun and the moon represent Heavenly Paradise, whilst on the right is Dante's home city of Florence. The illustration of Florence is self referencial, depicting the recently completed and much celebrated cathedral dome inside which the fresco is painted.
Ancient Literature

Dante’s Paradise: The Sphere of Wisdom

December 14, 2016

On their journey through Paradise, Dante and Beatrice visit the fourth sphere—the so-called sphere of the Sun—and meet the wisest persons to ever live. But rather than […]

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