Category Archives: History

Book Review: Take Me to the Water, compiled by Jim Linderman and Steven Lance Ledbetter

Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890–1950 (Atlanta: Dust-to-Digital, 2009) is one of the most unique book products I’ve ever engaged. A collaboration between Americana collector Jim Linderman and Dust-to-Digital front man Steven Lance … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo by Cécile Fromont

From the accession of Afonso I to the Kongo throne in 1509 to its final dissolution in 1914, the Kongo in central Africa was a Christian kingdom whose status was recognized throughout the early modern Atlantic world. Remarkably, Christianity developed … Continue reading

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Christmas Roundup: The Polar Express, the Magi in art, the historical “Santa,” and more

“Jesus, Jacob, and The Polar Express” by Greg Lucas: This dad reflects on his twenty-year-old autistic son’s emotional experience of Santa and wonders whether maybe the eager anticipation he feels waiting for Santa, and then the pure joy of finally … Continue reading

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

This December marks the centennial of the famous ceasefire along the Western Front during World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, along the four-hundred-mile frontline, enemy soldiers spontaneously emerged from their trenches, arms laid aside, to celebrate Christ’s birth together. … Continue reading

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What We Know about Easter

By David Kwabi and Tout Wang This is a guest post written by David Kwabi, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at MIT, and Tout Wang, a PhD candidate in physics at Harvard University. Both men are interested in exploring … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

As a schoolgirl, I was taught plenty about slavery and segregation in the US; I was taught that both were gross injustices, shameful times in our nation’s past. There was so much emphasis on the civil rights movement in our … Continue reading

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The Real Saint Nick

Santa Claus: fact, or fiction? The answer is, a little bit of both. The Santa Claus of American lore is based on the real-life Nicholas of Myra, a Greek Christian living in Asia Minor during the third and fourth centuries. … Continue reading

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