Columbus: Not as bumbling as you might think

by Bill Federer -- Columbus was looking for a sea route to India and China because 40 years earlier Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 cutting off the land routes. A biography more…

Even Plato knew how tyrants arise

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2516655" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Plato[/caption] Plato was a Greek philosopher who lived in the city-state of Athens. In 380 B.C., Plato wrote "The Republic," where he described in more…

Marco Polo: A million lies – or a million truths?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2515715" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marco Polo[/caption] Marco Polo was 17 years old when he left Venice for China in 1271 with his father, Niccolo Polo, and uncle, Matteo more…

What it's really like to be lost at sea

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2502085" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Edward Vernon "Eddie" Rickenbacker[/caption] He began his career as an auto racer, gaining international fame by competing in the Indianapolis 500 four times, earning more…

The caption which changed the lives of millions

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2497165" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Portion of Domenico Feti's painting "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man")[/caption] Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was from a noble German family. While on his more…

What changed the perception about Civil War?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3181944" align="alignright" width="300"] Civil War prayer[/caption] The Confederate Army was unstoppable – within weeks of winning the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee had won the Second more…

How to change a child's life forever

by Bill Federer -- He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors. He became a pastor, and his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God," started the more…

The most important weapon a soldier can possess

by Bill Federer -- During World War I, the thousands to American soldiers heading to France and Belgium were given pocket Bibles with the forward written by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917: more…

Proof prayer never meant to be excluded from government

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger wrote in Marsh v. Chambers (1982): "It can hardly be thought that in the more…