Archive for December, 2016

Bishop Ussher

December 28, 2016
Bishop James Ussher came from a very long line in Ireland. If you go way back in his family line, you will find that his ancestor was named Ussher because of his occupation—he was usher to the king. When James had come of age, he was ready to go off to college. He was sent to

Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather

December 21, 2016
Cotton Mather is one of America's forgotten founding fathers. He was born to Increase and Maria (née Cotton) Mather in 1663. He was practically royalty in Puritan New England. His father was not only a minister in Boston, but also president of Harvard University for a time. And Increase's father, Richard, came to New England

500th Anniversary of 1516

December 14, 2016
The year 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517. But before 2016 ends, it is worthwhile to talk about the five-hundredth anniversary of 1516. That year set the stage for the start of the Reformation. We can look at three

The Song of Roland

December 7, 2016
The medieval era was the era of epic poems. The English have Beowulf and the Spanish have The Poem of the Cid. In France, there is The Song of Roland. This poem has all the elements of a great story. It's got betrayal—Roland, the main character, is betrayed by his stepfather, Ganelon. It has plenty