Sir Thomas More, Man of Conscience and Principle, Rebelled Against King Henry VIII’s Ban on Catholicism

In the 1950s and 1960s, A Man for All Seasons, a play and movie, helped to diminish anti-Catholic bias in American society by telling the story of Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535), an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist who also served as English King Henry VIII's chancellor. He is … Continue reading Sir Thomas More, Man of Conscience and Principle, Rebelled Against King Henry VIII’s Ban on Catholicism

Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK6t8VpuFQg&t=19s In this video, Ryan Reeves, (PhD Cambridge) an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, explains why the Borgia dynasty is, after more than 500 years, "remembered even today as something of a soap opera." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItLou92CsEM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpY1_iCUUa8 Popularized by a three-season TV series on various streaming services, the Borgias had a reputation … Continue reading Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

‘Outlander’ Greatly Over-Simplifies Religious History of Scotland & North Carolina

Fans of the historical "Outlander" novels and television series may find the oblique references to the religious history of Scotland, England and North Carolina fascinating, but also confusing. Jamie Fraser in the early 1700s is a Catholic from the "isolated and backward" Scottish Highlands who has never recognized the Protestant Reformation that began 200 years … Continue reading ‘Outlander’ Greatly Over-Simplifies Religious History of Scotland & North Carolina

An Historic Tour of New Bern, NC, Founded By Swiss Immigrants in 1710 on Tuscarora Village Site

A brief tour of the historic homes and buildings of New Bern, North Carolina, the first colonial capital of North Carolina, by AlexMilne on Youtube.com. Wikipedia: New Bern was settled in 1710 by Bernese and Palatine immigrants under the auspices of Christoph von Graffenried, 1st Baron of Bernberg. The new colonists named their settlement after Bern, Switzerland, home state of their patron.[6] The English connection with … Continue reading An Historic Tour of New Bern, NC, Founded By Swiss Immigrants in 1710 on Tuscarora Village Site

How John F. Kennedy Overcame Anti-Catholic Bias to Win the Presidency After Al Smith’s Loss 32 Years Earlier

When NY Governor Al Smith, a Catholic, ran for president in 1928, Protestants were very suspicious of him, charging that he would take orders from a foreign power, the Vatican, and obey the Pope rather than act as an individualistic American. People forget that just 60 years ago, in 1960, anti-Catholic bias was quite strong. … Continue reading How John F. Kennedy Overcame Anti-Catholic Bias to Win the Presidency After Al Smith’s Loss 32 Years Earlier

What’s the Difference Between the Pilgrims and Puritans?

Confusion is common about the similarities and differences between the Pilgrims and the Puritans, who both immigrated to America in the 1600s seeking religious freedom because of England's rigid ideas about religious conformity. The Pilgrims were about 100 English people, primarily working-class, who quit the Church of England in 1605 to form separatist religious communities. … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between the Pilgrims and Puritans?

1600s: Awful Time for Many Europeans

Crash Course European History with John Green: "The 17th Century in Europe was pretty rough in a lot of ways. The Thirty Years War involved a lot of countries, and a lot of battles, and it was terrible for everyone involved, as wars have a historical tendency to be. At the same time, disease and … Continue reading 1600s: Awful Time for Many Europeans

Catholic Counter-Reformation Sought to Lure Back the Alienated Flirting With Protestantism

"When the Protestant Reformation broke out in Western Europe, the Catholic Church got the message, at least a little bit. Pope Paul III called a council to look into reforming some aspects of the Catholic Church and try to stem the tide of competing Christian sects popping up all over the place. The Council of … Continue reading Catholic Counter-Reformation Sought to Lure Back the Alienated Flirting With Protestantism

Assessing Martin Luther’s Impact, 500 Years Later

In the Crash Course video above, John Green teaches you about the Protestant Reformation. "Prior to the Protestant Reformation, pretty much everyone in Europe was a Roman Catholic. Not to get all great man, but Martin Luther changed all that. Martin Luther didn't like the corruption he saw in the church, especially the sale of … Continue reading Assessing Martin Luther’s Impact, 500 Years Later

Protestant Reformation Crash Course #6 and #7

John Green European History #6 "You may have noticed that the internet is terrible at religious discourse. Well, this is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Roman Catholic church dominated Christianity in Europe, and the institution was starting to show some cracks. Tensions mounted and protests grew, and eventually, the Protestant … Continue reading Protestant Reformation Crash Course #6 and #7