Category Archives: Current Connection

The Beginning of History

In the past few years I have had several people suggest that we start history classes with modern day and then work backwards through history slowly revealing how recent events connect with the past. This makes a lot of sense … Continue reading

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The Conflict in Palestine

In the past we’ve mentioned over and over the empires and peoples of the Fertile Crescent, an area we today sort of generally refer to as ‘the Middle East’. ¬†Conflict in this region is not confined to ancient history and, … Continue reading

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Mythical Creatures

In talking about myths we neglected the topic of mythical creatures partly because we had other important things to talk about. It would be a shame not to at least consider a few however. Below are links to site run by the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Click the link that corresponds […]

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Wondering

So far we’ve spent a lot of time in this unit focusing on the religion half of this ‘Religion and Art’ unit. I’m feeling a bit guilty about this so as they say in sports its time to ‘go big … Continue reading

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The News From Africa

Much of the history of the continent of Africa has been written by outsiders; Europeans, Americans, Arabs etc. Even Ibn Battuta with his wonderful descriptions of life in Africa was essentially an outsider telling the story of people who never … Continue reading

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Reading Other People’s Books

It is difficult to understand other people’s religions; really difficult. When we can’t wrap our heads around how other people view the world, spirituality, and God it can lead to a lot of conflict. Those kinds of conflicts have happened … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time…in 1927

This past summer I read a largely wonderful (and wonderfully large) book by Bill Bryson titled¬†One Summer: America 1927. The book is full of topics and people that don’t always make it into history textbooks. So let me give you … Continue reading

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