Category: Today in Religion

  • Today in Religion – C.S. Lewis

    Today in Religion – C.S. Lewis

    Most known for his series “Chronicles of Narnia” author and scholar C. S. Lewis died November 22, 1963. C.S. Lewis was something of a prodigy, reading at age 3. He also wrote stories of a fantasy world with animals that wore clothes. Growing up he went to school and served in the infantry in World […]

  • Today in Religion – Czar Alexander I

    Today in Religion – Czar Alexander I

    In 1818, Russia’s Czar Alexander I petitioned for a Jewish state in Palestine. Catherine the Great did not want her son to be her heir. Instead, she chose her grandson, Alexander. Though she wrote a manifesto to that effect, Alexander hid it, letting his father take the throne as Czar Paul I. Many disliked Czar […]

  • Today in Religion – Water Shortage

    Today in Religion – Water Shortage

    In 1521, Arabs attributed a shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine. For as long as I can remember conflict between Arabs and Jews had happened for many reasons. Today that conflict stems around land boundaries. It looks like in 1521 Arabs blamed Jews making wine for a water shortage. Does the conflict […]

  • Today in Religion – Julia Ward Howe

    Today in Religion – Julia Ward Howe

    On November 19, Julia Ward Howe committed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to paper. In my high school, each year, at graduation, the choir and band performed the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In my church, we sang this song often. My father even taught me a parody song using the same tune. Yet, I […]

  • Today in Religion – Antipope Silvester

    Today in Religion – Antipope Silvester

    Maginulf was elected antipope Silvester in 1105 A.D. The term antipope designated a person who strives to take the papacy from the duly elected pope. He usually gains some recognition but does not succeed in taking the papacy. At his ascension to Maginulf took on the name Silvester, sometimes spelled Sylvester. The pope used his […]

  • Today in Religion – Queen Elizabeth I

    Today in Religion – Queen Elizabeth I

    On November 17, Queen Mary, called Bloody Mary, died, allowing Elizabeth I to ascend the English throne. History calls her rule the Golden Age. Queen Elizabeth had a tumultuous childhood. Born to King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was two years old when her mother was beheaded. Though tutored as a […]

  • Today in Religion – St. Margaret

    Today in Religion – St. Margaret

    Nov 16 is the feast day for St. Margaret, the patron saint of Scotland. Margaret, an English princess, was born in Hungary in the 11th Century. After years of exile, she and her family returned to England, where her father died. Unfortunately, when William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, they had to flee, […]