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An Islamic View of Christianity (The Literary Digest, 1897)

The credited source for the attached article was a Christian cleric in Baku by the name of Pastor von Bergmann, who, having lived among the "Mohammedans" for some time, had gained a unique understanding as to their creed:

"But, by the rejection of the great grace of God through Mohamed, Christians and all other unbelievers have become such gross criminals that their lives have no worth or value whatever...It is a terrible sin to regard the Christians as equal to a Mohammedan or to consider them entitled to any rights over against the latter."

An article about the Muslim opinion concerning colonialism can be read here...


Religions at Sing Sing Prison (Literary Digest, 1933)

For the stat-minded among us who study the religions of New York City, this short magazine article from 1933 will illustrate how the various faiths were represented numerically in New York's Sing Sing Prison:

"One Buddhist and two [Muslims] were received within the gray walls of Sing Sing during the last fiscal year."

"During the same period the doors of the great prison closed behind 855 Catholics, 518 Protestants, 177 Hebrews, twenty Christian Scientists and eight of no religion at all."

Click here to see a 1938 photo essay about life in Sing Sing Prison.
Click here to read more old magazine articles about religion.


Christianity in the Confederate States (Confederate Veteran, 1922)

"In the war society of the South, religion played a leading roll... The Methodist and Presbyterian churches cut themselves away from their Northern brethren and cast their fortunes with the Southern cause... The churches of the South entered so whole heatedly into the cause of the war that they were invariably closed by the Union commanders. Throughout the war many revivals, special prayer meetings, and fasts were held for the success of Southern arms... The army was swept by religious fervor. All regiments departing for the front were consecrated. Many clergymen joined the army as chaplains... ."

Click here to read about the chaplains in the Confederate Army.


The Spiritual Disillusion of the 1920s (Current Opinion, 1919)

At the thirty-fifth annual church congress of the Protestant Episcopal Church (1919) clergy members seemed to agree that Christian leaders were fully complicit in the recently ended war and were guilty of abandoning Christianity for patriotism:

"Christianity has betrayed itself body and soul".

When W.W. II started, Americans went back to church...

In 1900 people wanted to know why men didn't like going to church...

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Girl Evangelists in the Flapper Era


The Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Literary Digest, 1936)

Here is an article concerning the persecution of that Protestant faith so unique to American shores: the Jehovah's Witnesses, a religion that numbered 50,000 world-wide in 1936. The attached article reported on the school expulsions of various assorted young followers for failing to show proper respect to the American flag on campus:

"A year ago the first such case, in Pennsylvania, startled the newspapers. 'If you kill me I won't salute!' quavered an eleven year-old schoolboy. He was expelled. Soon after, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a teacher was was dismissed for refusing to honor 'the flag of horror and hate.'"


The Catholic Devotion to Mary (Literary Digest, 1897)

Many and myriad are the reasons Roman Catholics and Protestants worship differently - one of them is the idolization of the Virgin Mary. This article from 1897 outlines the reasoning behind this uniquely Roman Catholic brand of piety that emphasizes the Virgin Mary while numerous other Christian faiths have long held that this extracurricular devotion merely serves to upstage Christ and His message. The column is composed of numerous passages from an open letter written by Pope Leo XIII (1878 – 1903) clarifying the need for the Catholics to understand the importance of the Virgin Mary:

"From all eternity He chose her to become the mother of the Word who was to clothe Himself in human flesh..."


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