Saint Dionysius: Angelic Revelations

The Greek theologian Dionysius the Areopagite has been viewed for centuries as the preeminent Christian authority on angelology, the theological study of angels. The life and work of Saint Dionysius are, to this day, controversial topics; his name is associated with no less than three different individuals, living in the first, third, and, respectively, late fifth century A.D. Also, much of the work traditionally attributed to Saint Dionysius has been criticized for its … [Read more...]

The Five Greatest Women Pirates

Piracy is an ancient trade, both celebrated and vilified. The best known pirates from Blackbeard to the fictional Jack Sparrow are men. However, women throughout history have carved a place for themselves among the sea rovers. Over a thousand years and five continents, these five women have pillaged their way into the history books. Princess Sela The earliest known woman pirate, Sela was a princess of Norway and sister of the King, Koller. The ancient historian Saxo … [Read more...]

Why Does the Date of Easter Change?

Shouldn't Easter be a fixed date on the calendar? Especially if Easter is meant to celebrate the day of Jesus' resurrection, shouldn't the date remain the same every year? So why does the date of Easter change every year? The modern-day calendar used throughout the Western World was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in AD 1582. It adapted and replaced the Julian calendar, which had been in use since the time of Julius Caesar. The Gregorian calendar accounts for a … [Read more...]

Khrushchev: Courageous Or A Failure

As Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev told his advisor, Anastas Mikoyan, on the 13th of October, 1964 (the day before a Communist Party-lead coup ousted him from power): “Now everything is different. The fear’s gone. That’s my contribution.” These words from the man himself show just how wide-ranging and deep his reforms of the 1950s and 1960s were – but many historians have insisted that Khrushchev should be remembered as a … [Read more...]