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The first circumnavigation of the earth 500 years ago

"Should erroneous views of the origin of the world described in Genesis prevail, all divine promises would melt into nothing and our religion would lose its life." Reformed theologian Peter Martyr (Pietro Mariano) Vermigli (1499-1562). (1, S. 387). In modern times, at least since Copernicus (1473-1543), countless astronomical, biological, geographical discoveries shook the medieval worldview, [...]

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500 years of Reformation

October 31, 2017 The five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation brings a flood of events and publications about Martin Luther, his dispute with the pope, Protestant[1] theologies, and the history of Protestant[2] churches. We do not intend here to pay tribute to Luther's personality or to consider his worldview; many others have already done that at length. We [...]

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The Peace of Nikolsburg: Bismarck's Greatest Achievement?

On the 200th birthday of Otto von Bismarck (1. 4. 1815 - 30. 7. 1898). "Even after a century, Nikolsburg appears as the glorious climax of Bismarck's career. To prepare for victory and then to pause on the heights of success, to be moderate, to reconcile the defeated, and to work passionately for it - no greater glory [...]

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World Population Day on 11. 7. 2006

July 11 is, as every year, the "UN World Population Day"[1]. There are regular commentaries and political speeches on this occasion, most of which are similar in that they avoid the actual problem: Because next to environmental destruction and climate change, overpopulation is perhaps the most dangerous threat to humanity. For environmental destruction and climate catastrophe, it is above all the too high energy [...]

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More than the inventor of the lightning rod

Published in 2006 Three hundred years ago (1706) was the birthday of Benjamin Franklin (17.1.1706 - 17.4.1790), one of the most famous representatives of the "New America". As a typical representative of the Enlightenment, he was universally interested. His intelligence and his frugal, success-oriented life, ordered in the spirit of Puritanism, brought him scientific reputation, political influence and an almost fairy-tale rise, which [...]

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The Sputnik Shock

50 years ago, on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union sent the first artificial satellite, called Sputnik (Russian = companion), into orbit around the Earth, marking the beginning of space travel. Published 2007 Weighing 83 kg, the spherical Earth satellite orbited the Earth in 96 minutes. It sent out beeping radio signals that were received worldwide [...]

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Law of the jungle or God's plan?

On Darwin's double anniversary in 2009: the bicentenary of his birth and 150 years of "On the Origin of Species" (Published in Grail World 51/2009) February 12, 2009 is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin (1809-1882), one of the most influential natural scientists of all time for our world view. On November 24, 1859 - one hundred and fifty years ago - Darwin's epochal [...]

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A world historic day

 (Published in Grail World 20/2001) On December 6, 1941, Abd-ru-shin left this earth. It describes what happened in world history at that time. Europe at the beginning of December 1941: The Second World War reached its first climax in the form of the “European War”. For two years German troops had rushed from victory to victory. They had the new [...]

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Surrender

(Published in GralsWelt 35/2005) May 8, 2005 marks sixty years since the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht and the most crushing defeat in German history. But the German trauma is far from over. Where do we stand today? A critical analysis. It was the second world war lost within a quarter of a century and, on top of that, the biggest war [...]

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The world description of the bold Kant

(Published in GralsWelt 35/2005) On March 14, 1755. TWO HUNDRED YEARS "GENERAL NATURAL HISTORY AND THEORY OF HEAVEN Kant as a naturalist In the past year 2004, the bicentennial of the death of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), his importance and his achievements as a philosopher and epistemologist have been widely acknowledged, as he is counted among the most important thinkers. Less noted in these laudations [...]