Category Archives: Christianity

A very brief note on why I use AD and not CE

Although I have no quantitative data to support my supposition, it seems that increasing numbers of academic works are coming to use BCE/CE as a dating system. AD stands for anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of the Lord”. … Continue reading

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Genesis 21:13 and Islam

I met the author and blogger Lee Harmon on Goodreads, where I’ve put far too much time and effort into cataloguing my personal library. I’ve always found him to be nothing short of a scholar and a gentleman. We’ve communicated … Continue reading

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The Basileus in Byzantium

In the reign of Herakleios (r. 610-641) the Roman emperor took for the first time the Greek title of βασιλεύς (basileus). This has been regarded by many as one of the potential dates for the foundation of Byzantium and the … Continue reading

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Graphing History

Applying quantitative analysis to history is fraught with hazards, but attempting to do so for the ancient and mediaeval periods is frequently impossible due to the nature of the source material that we have. Whenever I see historical material charted … Continue reading

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History and Religion

First off, some context. This was written against several individuals who stated that religion causes horrible things. While I agree that religion has caused atrocities, to squarely blame such things entirely on the religion is a mistake. To set out … Continue reading

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Some quick notes on the crusades

Here are some summarized forum responses I made on the subject of the crusades that I feel are worthy of putting up in a blog post. What I’m responding to has been edited to clarify the issue being discussed and … Continue reading

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Review: Jenkins, “The Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years”

This is a good book. I admit that I was extremely skeptical when I first saw it, assuming it to be some sort of modern nonsense on how Constantine created Christianity or something like that. However, when I saw that … Continue reading

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