Evolution of Political Order in the 6000 BC Sumerian City

https://www.youtube.com/embed/nOllWKdbO-k As social scientists, civilisations are the only laboratory we have - so as we look at the rise of Sumeria let us begin by understanding the institutions which created the political order on which Sumerian city-states were based. We investigate the 6000 BC settlement of Eridu.

WATCH: Sue Monk Kidd on the Uses of Alternate History | Literary Hub

New York Times bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd discusses her upcoming novel The Book of Longings, which is from the point of view of Ana, the wife of Jesus. Kidd talks to co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how alternate histories can be vehicles for silenced voices of the past, and how our present might be [...]

Rise and Fall of the Indus Valley Civilisation: a perspective

    The Indus Valley Civilisation lasted from the late fifth to the second millennium BC, developed a vast network of well planned settlements and engaged in long distance trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. The civilisation was referred to as Meluhha in Mesopotamian sources - a name which still exists in India for many fertile [...]

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Draper opens the collection with a vision for philosophy of religion: that it broaden its focus by paying more attention to non-Western religions and to philosophical issues that concern religion in general (like how religion might make progress, or the philosophical significance of the diversity of religions); that it distance itself from theology (or at [...]

Cross and Cosmos: A Theology of Difficult Glory // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Ostensibly, the book is about Christ's crucifixion and its distinctive and radical bearing on reality and human existence. Caputo's point of departure is taken from the Apostle Paul's concept of the cross as weakness and foolishness, which is taken from Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church. Caputo likewise draws on Martin Luther's "theology of [...]

The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon review – The TLS

Referring to Solomon Maimon’s first important work, the Versuch über die Transzendentalphilosophie or Essay on Transcendental Philosophy (1790), Immanuel Kant wrote to his Jewish student Markus Herz that “one glance at the work made me realize its excellence and that not only had none of my critics understood me and the main questions so well [...]

Margery Kempe – New York Review Books

First published in 1994, Robert Glück’s Margery Kempe is one of the most provocative, poignant, and inventive American novels of the last quarter century. The book tells two stories of romantic obsession. One, based on the first autobiography in English, the medieval Book of Margery Kempe, is about a fifteenth-century woman from East Anglia, a visionary, a troublemaker, [...]

Vatican records will reveal if Pope Pius XII collaborated with Nazis during WWII – The Washington Post

Pope Pius XII, who led the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958, has long been criticized for his public silence during the Holocaust. Critics have argued he also did nothing behind the scenes to stop Nazi atrocities; supporters have claimed he secretly ordered Catholics all over Europe, such as young seminarian Wojtyla, to save thousands [...]

Roger Scruton: defender of the soul & civilization | The New Criterion

As others have pointed out, Scruton’s conservatism has both a metaphysical and empirical dimension. Long before he returned to a rather distinctive Christian affirmation, he rejected every form of materialistic and scientistic reductionism. At the center of his thought was the life world, the world of concrete experience where humans came to sight as persons. [...]