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The Crudeness of Crusades

The charge often lobbied against Christians by the rest of us is that so many of them are nothing like Jesus. Not that Jesus was perfect (to my mind, anyway), but it’s hard to totally hate a guy who preached … Continue reading

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Being Carded

Just recently, my wife asked me an interesting question, which is how the standard suits on playing cards originated. I knew that there were some decks with different suits, like your basic Tarot deck, but not how anybody decided upon … Continue reading

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