Jennie Augusta Brownscombe’s, “The First Thanksgiving.” is an iconic painting of the origins of the holiday. In decades past a copy was hung in most school rooms.  It depicts a prayer being offered while Puritans sit at the dinner  table with native American chiefs, as others sit or kneel nearby.  This mythical depiction has been…

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At least since the founding of Rome 2700 years ago,  rulers have claimed authority from god.   The Roman Emperors were officially Pontus Maximus the head of the Roman religions. Emperor Constantine simply declared himself the head bishop of Christianity after it became a key religion in the Empire. A few decades later a Bishop…

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