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Greeks of Cappadocia Left Indelible Mark on History

The Greeks of Cappadocia, in central-eastern Anatolia, created their own flourishing culture in ancient times that thrived for millennia.

The Dating of Greek Easter—Explained by A Mathematician

The Greek Orthodox use the calendar devised by Julius Caesar -- the Roman general turned dictator -- versus the calendar tweaked by the Pope.

Israel Nixes Mount of Olives Park Plan Opposed by Churches

The Nature and Parks Authority of Israel announced on Monday that it was stepping away from its controversial plan to wall off a section of the Mount of Olives, the place Jesus Christ prayed before his trial and crucifixion. Its...

Is There Life After Death? Scientists on Both Sides of Eternal Question

Whether or not there is life after death has been widely debated for many centuries. Many people who have been declared clinically dead have been jolted back to life -- some of them unwillingly -- after experiencing very powerful,...

This Christmas Tell Your Children the Real Santa Claus Story

Behind today’s mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today’s gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story all by itself.  By Lisa Bitel Santa Claus...

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

The wise men were likely accomplished Greek astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event that could explore the origin of the star of...

How Advertising Through the Ages Has Shaped Christmas

A religion of conspicuous consumption has replaced Christianity at the center of Christmas – and it’s big business which will be most pleased of all. By Carl W. Jones December 25, as we all know, is Jesus Christ’s birthday, a Christian...

The Historical Origins of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas

The world knows Santa Claus as the symbol of Christmas, who brings kids toys, but he is actually a modernized version of Saint Nicholas, the devoted Greek bishop who lived in the fourth century in the Lycian town of...

The Great Schism Split Christianity into East and West

The East–West Schism that occurred in 1054 represents one of the most significant, and tragic, events in the history of Christianity. Eastern and Western Christians had a history of differences and disagreements, some dating back to the earliest days...

106-Year-Old Greek Yiayia Prays For the Whole World Every Day

At 106 years of age, a Greek yiayia, or grandmother, named Anthi Katsouli stands in her yard every single day and prays for the entire world. Born in the village of Katarraktis in the region of Arta in Epirus, Northwestern...