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ON LOCATION WITH NUNS AT THE MOVIES

Why do we love films about nuns? What is it about those Catholic women who choose to devote themselves to the habit that inspire such great movies?  From historical dramas and dark themes to epic musicals and riotous comedies, nuns have graced the silver screen in countless ways over the decades.  Some of these movies […]

BIBLICAL SITES OF IRAN

Over the last few months, the world’s attention has turned to Iran as tensions with the United States has been on the rise. While The Complete Pilgrim will not comment on the current diplomatic situation, the possibility that Iran may soon be less accessible to American visitors is a depressing prospect, especially for religious pilgrims. This […]

OLDEST QUAKER MEETING HOUSES IN AMERICA

Tucked away among the many denominations that make up the tapestry of Christianity in America is a relatively small and unassuming group called the Religious Society of Friends. Better known as the Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends became known for their unusual religious meetings without leadership rather than traditional Protestant worship services with ministers […]

GRAVESITES OF AMERICA’S GREAT THEOLOGIANS

The American colonies were home to a vibrant Christian culture that gave birth to a religious diversity that still thrives in the United States today.  Much of modern American faith can be traced to early religious leaders who, from the humble Puritan beginnings of the Pilgrims, went on to establish a great Reformed tradition.  This […]

BE A TOURIST, NOT A TRAVELER

Since the first step in overcoming a problem is admitting that you have a problem, let me begin by saying, “My name is Howard, and I am a tourist”; a fourteen-hours-a-day, site-mongering, camera-clicking tourist, as often as I get a chance.  And, may I add, I am darn proud of it.  Yet nowadays there seems […]

TOP CITIES IN AMERICA FOR RELIGIOUS SITESEEING – PART II

The Complete Pilgrim is currently working on a survey regarding the best religious sites in America. While those results are a ways off, the initial results have yielded some interesting facts about where some of the largest clusters of major religious destinations are to be found.  Not surprisingly, the largest clusters are to be found […]

TOP CITIES IN AMERICA FOR RELIGIOUS SITESEEING – PART I

The Complete Pilgrim is currently working on a survey regarding the best religious sites in America. While those results are a ways off, the initial results have yielded some interesting facts about where some of the largest clusters of major religious destinations are to be found.  Not surprisingly, the largest clusters are to be found […]

HISTORIC AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE SOUTH

The tradition of African churches in the American South goes back to before the American Revolution.  In fact, it may come as a surprise that oldest home-grown African churches in America, perhaps the world, arose in a place and time where Africans were brutally oppressed and for the most part enslaved.  Early African Baptist congregations […]

Coming Attractions…

NANDA DEVI

Uttar Pradesh (7,816 m) – Sacred Mountain of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda Nanda Devi is arguably India’s most famous mountain. The tallest mountain located entirely within India’s borders, it is famous for several reasons. First, it is home to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, and as such has been declared a world heritage […]

MOUNT SINAI

Feran, Egypt Mount Sinai, also called Jabal Musa by the local Bedouins, is the site traditionally identified as the Biblical Mount Sinai, and has been unofficially recognized as such by a majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims for many centuries.  It is a place highly revered by all three faiths, and because of its out-of-the-way […]

Howard’s Random Ramblings

EMPIRES AND ISRAEL

From ancient Egypt in the second millennium BC to Great Britain in the 20th century, there has been a three thousand year parade of empires marching across the world stage. One has replaced another on a routine basis. At any given time, there has been a greatest empire on Earth, at least until the end […]

MOST SUCCESSFUL RELIGIOUS MOVIES AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

To date, approximately a thousand movies have been nominated for Academy Awards since they began in 1929. Surprisingly few of these have had religious or spiritual themes.  However, the few religious movies that have been so honored are among the most successful and beloved films of all time.  In order to narrow down this exceptional […]

NEWER COLOSSUS

A mostly original poem by Howard Kramer (with apologies to Emma Lazarus) . Like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed shore, a great great wall shall stand A mighty man with a reality show, whose legacy Are the failed businesses, and his name Father of […]

FIVE LESS DISCUSSED FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CLINTON’S LOSS

Well, Inauguration Day is upon us, and Americans from Sea to Shining Sea are still doing a lot of soul searching, especially Hillary Clinton supporters. Among mainstream Democrats, who generally supported Clinton, the list of excuses is varied:  she lost because she had been vilified by political enemies for decades; American men are not ready […]