The German-American cartoonist introduced the idea that Santa Claus traveled with a sleigh and reindeer.
By toppling medieval Europe’s mightiest political power, the Protestant Reformation ushered in a new age of freedom, religious and otherwise.
Modern applications of Stoicism show up in unexpected places, from the latest techniques in psychotherapy to texts on Christian theology.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.
Catholic sisters outnumber priests and religious on every continent.
Haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition.
Haunting photographs depict the dead as "still with us."
A 5,300-year-old mummy teaches us the global history of tattoos.
Ideas often taken for granted in the United States and Europe about what it means to be a person are, quite simply, not shared with other cultures.
The early colonists thought they were being pulled by God into a void left by plague.
Six denominations share the Holy Sepulcher, but not all between them is peace and love.
Is there victory in defeat?
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
After it became clear that the world wasn't 6,000 years old, some proposed that northern peoples had emerged independently from others.
The mediocrity principle is often used to make claims about the abundance of life across the universe, but these claims are likely unfounded.
Ever felt sad during the holidays but weren't sure why? Chances are you were suffering from a case of Christmas Blues.
When Saint Ambrose of Milan was venerated, his life became public property, its meaning expanding with the unique interpretations of each new generation.
In the Canaan religion, Yahweh was a lesser god, who was assigned the land of Israel. Here's how he became "God Almighty."
There's more to miracles than turning water into wine.
For the ancients, hospitality was an inviolable law enforced by gods and priests and anyone else with the power to make you pay dearly for mistreating a stranger.
Here's why scary stories were once an integral part of Christmas Eve festivities.