7 Unique Religious and/or Ethnic Groups in the Middle East

7 Unique Religious and/or Ethnic Groups in the Middle East

Most people think the Middle East—a transcontinental region arguably stretching from Egypt through Iran—is a uniformly Muslim place, with a small pocket of Jews in Israel, and scattered Christian communities around parts in close proximity to the Mediterranean. But...
Death and the Afterlife According to Ancient Peoples

Death and the Afterlife According to Ancient Peoples

Most people today conceive of the afterlife as a place where winged babies dance among the clouds. While it’s hard to prove exactly what an afterlife might look like, everyone seems to have their own conception of “what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this...
The Afterlife According to 5 Different Faiths

The Afterlife According to 5 Different Faiths

People are always curious about what happens after death. While there isn’t much of a scientific process for documenting what happens beyond this world, almost every culture and religion has its own unique ideas about what transpires. Some groups have come and...
The Oldest Religion in the World

The Oldest Religion in the World

What is the oldest religion in the world? Who were the first gods to be worshipped? Which scriptures have been around for the longest time? These questions are by no means simple. Some scholars of religion argue that either Zoroastrianism (10th to 5th century BCE) or...
3 Notable Ideas from the Old Testament

3 Notable Ideas from the Old Testament

In tandem with Greek philosophy and Roman jurisprudence, the ethics promulgated by the Old Testament have created a foundational bedrock for Western Civilization. But what exactly are some of the tropes and themes that have come down to us today from this ancient text...

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