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Donald Trump posing with a Bible during the controversial photo op on June 2, 2020 (White House official photo/public domain). The question is, has he actually read it?

One of the great questions of our time is why Donald Trump’s divisive and incendiary rhetoric continues to appeal to large numbers of white American Christians. In the 2018 mid-term election, for example, “three-quarters (75%) of white voters who describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians (including Protestants and Catholics) voted for Republican House candidates,” according to National Election Pool (NEP) exit poll data reported by NBC News. Even Christians who do not identify as evangelical favored Republican over Democrat candidates at a rate of 56% to 42%, a significant margin. …


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“Independence Day” was the box-office hit of 1996.

For decades, Hollywood films fantasized what it would be like if the world was suddenly confronted with an alien invasion. …


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The Beit Netofa Valley, the fertile valley outside Nazareth

In this episode, we try to reconstruct the so-called “lost years” of Jesus — the gap of some 20 years, between the Nativity narratives and Jesus’ sojourn with John the Baptist, about which the Gospels are utterly silent. What happened in this period? As it turns out, this was actually a time of tremendous turmoil in Galilee and Judea. After the havoc of the peasant rebellion of 4 B.C.E., Emperor Augustus’s patience with Herod’s dysfunctional sons finally ran out some 10 years later, in 6 C.E. He ousted Ethnarch Herod Archelaus from Judea and turned the region into a Roman Crown Province, to be governed by a prefectus reporting to the governor of Roman Syria. …

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Jean-Pierre Isbouts

National Geographic author, historian, and filmmaker, writing about things that lift our spirits and move our hearts.

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