Spirituality has long infused and inspired social justice movements. Activists today expand that heritage.
Prodigies, or monsters, were opaque and flexible symbols that signaled that God was sending some message.
Because relics were understood to be capable of working miracles, any relic that was stolen must have wanted to be.
Listlessness, boredom, torpor, that "noonday demon" that tempts you away from spiritual connections—that's what was called acedia.
Are the departed watching over us, and if so, what are they wearing? Victorian spiritualists believed that ghosts could be captured on film.
Many Americans considered faiths outside Christianity and Judaism to be "pagan." Unitarian minister James Freeman Clarke argued otherwise.
England faced a generational divide almost 500 years ago, as the Protestant Reformation split the nation apart.
A personal experience with the Hajj brought to life the iconic figure of Haajar, whose tenacity and stoicism highlight the importance of women in Islam.
Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg's eight-volume history contained stories of the living dead—and, he believed, proof of the Christian resurrection.
Medieval convents were better funded than many scholars assume, thanks in part to royal patrons sympathetic to the holy women's mission.