Yes, Virginia, there really was a Santa Claus

by Bill Federer -- Greek Orthodox tradition tells of Saint Nicholas being born around 280 A.D., the only child of a wealthy, elderly couple who lived in Patara, Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). more…

America really was founded on the Bible

by Bill Federer -- A signer of the Constitution licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, born Dec. 5, 1735. In 1754, he attended the newly-formed school, College of Philadelphia (University of more…

What 'horrible monsters' did this missionary face?

by Bill Federer -- Père Jacques Marquette ("Père" is French for "father") arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Frontenac, the governor general of New France, commissioned more…

Who treated Indians humanely through history?

by Bill Federer -- Greed and the Gospel are two threads that run through the past 2,000 years. Those motivated by greed: sold people into slavery took land from Indians hung signs more…

The violent conquest of Mexico

by Bill Federer -- The Mayan civilization peaked around 900 A.D., then declined due to drought and internal disruptions. Centuries later, the Aztecs grew to control 200,000 square miles, ruling 6 million more…

How chemistry influenced birth of modern Israel

by Bill Federer -- During World War I, Britain's war effort was hindered by their ineffective manufacturing of explosives. Britain's situation suddenly changed when a chemist made a breakthrough in synthesizing the more…