You wake up. You are now Jefferson Davis, President of the CSA. The year is 1861. You have four years to defeat the Union Army. What do you do?
Is the bible really meant to be interpreted allegorically?
I mean, it was written around a time when everyone believed in anthropomorphic gods and had fanciful creation myths.
Genesis seems to be similar to the Hebrew's closely related neighbor's creation myths, yet there's no signs it was an allegory to them.
And God sure does act like a typical anthropomorphic deity, leading the Israelites against their enemies, demanding animal sacrifices, appearing before Moses, etc
Catholics aren't literalists when it comes to the old testament (a catholic who is against evolution and is a young earth creationist is a catholic who doesnt understand their own faith) while most protestants say that yeah all this stuff totally happened
The interpretations changed through out the years. For instance Catholics and Orthodox insist that the world flood is an allegory about the world being baptized despite the fact that the concept of baptism didn't exist when the story was formed.
Most likely the flood was at one point considered literally true since it's written like a documentrary (it devotes more time to explaining the exact scale and size of the ship than any other part). Most Jews do not see it as literal today. I think only Protestants...
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Geography general: A thread for maps, cartography, GIS, human geography, historical geography, cultural geography, regional geography, critical geography, pomo geography, if it involves space and place and maps it's all fair game
Map is actually impressive considering this was more than 2000 years ago.
What went wrong?
>tfw you realise world war one actually happened
Who would win in an all out war?
The year is 1939
So, /his/, what are your thoughts on specialization ?
I get along better with generalists, and am sort of one in terms of my knowledge and education, but more and more the world as a whole is moving towards a demand for hyperspecialized technocrats.
so who was worse?
meh stalin killed more people, but not for lack of trying on hitler's part. you could argue that hitler had a bigger role in starting WW2 than stalin and it's more attributable to him, but then who can say.
Has the Quran ever been proven wrong (as in, different texts in the same style could be written)? Because that sounds relatively easy to do, yet it hasn't apparently happened in half a century.
The Quran is the only holy book that claims to be the direct word of God and that says "ok, do this simple thing and it'll prove me wrong". Hence why I'm making this thread.
But thank you for your euphoric reply nonetheless.
Can someone explain ''Independent agencies of the United States government'' to me?
>More specifically, the term may be used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally part of the executive branch, are independent of presidential control, usually because the president's power to dismiss the agency head or a member is limited.
How does this work? The relationship between the CIA and the US government? I find this really interesting.
The CIA is really powerful is all. It went from being the President's hand abroad to being the hand around America's own throat. It's an organization tasked with doing the most illegal and/or evil shit the US is capable of. It has a lot of power.
What's more interesting is the American taxpayer has zero input or control over the CIA despite paying for everything that isn't funded by counterfeit currency
The CIA is basically an oozing black tumor that has convinced us that it's responsible for keeping us healthy
Anything interesting to know about the tribes that invaded Rome in the late 5th century?
Also, Germanic hate thread.
Would Fascism work in the United States?
>Fascists view World War I as having made liberal democracy obsolete, and regard total mobilization of society under a totalitarian single-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties.
Reality is more complicated, but the results are similar.
>Such a state is led by a strong leader — such as a dictator and a martial government composed of the members of the governing fascist party — to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society.
It's already halfway there.
>Fascism rejects assertions of violence automatically being negative in nature and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation.
>Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.
It already fulfills 2 of the 4 prerequisites with a "liberal democrat" in power.
Even discounting Trump, there's plenty of
I want to learn more about history, but I don't have time in my class schedule to take history classes. What are some essential books to better understand history?
I read this for a political development class and thought it was really good. I've also read David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations. I want to learn more about Middle Eastern, Russian, and Byzantine history.
Pic related, it's the book
Two books I can Reccomend
Animal Farm: It's basically a story that represents Stalins Russia and communism, but on a farm with pigs and the such. It may sound stupid but it's an amazing book (this one will probably come up a bit on this thread since most people have had to read it 1-3 times in school)
Man in the high castle: This one is alternate history of the Nazis conquering America in WWII. There's a lot of different characters and plot points but it mainly focuses on the division of America between Japan and Germany and a different world. It...
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Read memoirs and other primary texts written by people in your times and places of interest. No amount of interpretation and survey will drive home the realities of former times in the same way.
What does /his/ think of Pantheism? Are there any pantheists themselves among /his/?
Why did Mugabe chimp out in Rhodesia?