Religion is about Emotion Regulation, and It’s Very Good At It

Photo by Ted Spiegel/National Geographic/Getty Emotional therapy is the animating heart of religion combing social bonding surrounded by shared totems. By Dr. Stephen T. Asma / 09.25.2018 Professor of Philosophy Columbia College Chicago Religion does not help us to explain nature. It did what it could in pre-scientific times, but that job was properly unseated[…]

How a Huguenot Philosopher Realized that Atheists Could Be Virtuous

Comet critique; the case for moral atheists. The Great Comet of 1577 by Jiri Daschitzsky. / Wikimedia Commons For centuries in the West, the idea of a morally good atheist struck people as contradictory. By Dr. Michael W. Hickson / 09.18.2018 Assistant Professor of Philosophy Trent University For centuries in the West, the idea of[…]

The Story of the Medieval Jewish Diaspora in an Illuminated Hebrew Masterpiece

Seven centuries of the Rothschild Pentateuch’s history chart the story. By Dr. Elizabeth Morrison / 09.19.2018 Senior Curator of Manuscripts J. Paul Getty Museum Introduction   [LEFT]: Page from a fifteenth-century Bible on view alongside the Rothschild Pentateuch. Initial P: Saint Paul with a Sword from a Bible, about 1450, made in Cologne, Germany. Ink,[…]

Europe, Byzantium, and the “Intellectual Silence” of the Rus’ Culture

Examining the view that the Orthodox Church stifled the development of East Slavic intellectual thought. By Dr. Donald Ostrowski Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Harvard University One of the least studied and most misunderstood areas of European history is the comparative impact the Western Church and the Eastern Church had on their respective[…]

A Barbaric Form of Fixed Medieval Justice

Ordeal of boiling water from a Sachsenspiegel manuscript (1350 – 1375). Photo courtesy the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany In difficult criminal cases, when ‘ordinary’ evidence was lacking, their legal systems asked God to painfully inform them about defendants’ criminal status. By Dr. Peter T. Leeson / 10.19.2017 Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law[…]

Punishing Criminals in the Middle Ages

In the Medieval ages there was an incredible amount of criminals, mostly because of impunity which gave them freedom to commit crimes. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.28.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Reasons for Committing Crimes In the Medieval ages there was an incredible amount of criminals, mostly because of impunity which gave them freedom[…]