During the Middle Ages, the scientific understanding of cosmology was a combination of the ideas of Aristotle, Ptolemy, and others. They believed in a fixed, motionless earth at the center of a series of cocentric spheres where there were perfectly spherical planets in circular orbits at a constant speed. This theory is known as the … Continue reading The Heliocentric Model of the Solar System, the Role of Religion, and the Enlightenment.
The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?
The Italian writer Boccaccio set the background of his Decameron in Florence during the Black Death. Seven ladies and three gentlemen went outside Florence to escape the death and disease and told stories to each other while living on an abandoned estate. They told stories to each other to pass the time, each one telling … Continue reading Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God in Decameron?
The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi had several stories about the afterlife of some friars in the Franciscan order. One of the stories describes a devout friar named John Della Penna. He joined the Franciscan Order as a child, expecting to go to heaven at once. He did not go to heaven as … Continue reading Did The Little Flowers give the common man confidence regarding life beyond the grave?
Abraham was from Ur, but even though there was rampant idolatry in the city, Abraham worshipped the one true God. Abraham had great faith in God, so much that he was even willing to sacrifice his son Isaac if God wanted him to. God was pleased with Abraham’s faith and he said that Abraham’s descendants … Continue reading The early history of the Hebrews