Category Archives: Sacred Spaces

Destruction of Village Churches in France

A new crisis in laïcité, a version of secularization, has arisen in provincial France. A number of village churches have been demolished, leading to complaints that French rural culture is beyond destroyed. French historians and other scholars are weighing in … Continue reading

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Marx and Engels in Hell

For centuries, Christian churches have depicted elaborate scenes of the Last Judgment and the punishments of the damned in Hell. Many Catholic and Orthodox churches devote an entire wall to painted or frescoed portrayals of the torments of Hell. In … Continue reading

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Jews Praying on the Temple Mount

Jews regularly pray at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Recently, however, some Jews have begun to climb atop the Temple Mount to pray on the ruins of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. According to … Continue reading

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