Donald Trump posing with a Bible during the controversial photo op on June 2, 2020 (White House official photo/public domain). The question is, has he actually read it?

One of the great questions of our time is why Donald Trump’s divisive and incendiary rhetoric continues to appeal to large numbers of white American Christians. In the 2018 mid-term election, for example, “three-quarters (75%) of white voters who describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians (including Protestants and Catholics)…

“Independence Day” was the box-office hit of 1996.

For decades, Hollywood films fantasized what it would be like if the world was suddenly confronted with an alien invasion. From Robert Wise’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) to Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” (2005), these movies showed us the unimaginable devastation that would follow in the…

Since most churches will likely be closed during Easter 2020, I’d like to take you on a virtual journey through the life of Jesus, based on my bestselling National Geographic book “In the Footsteps of Jesus.” This episode describes the birth and childhood of Jesus in a small hamlet like Nazareth, while visiting the 1st century village of Qasrin in Upper Galilee. The next four episodes will take you through the adolescence and ministry of Jesus, culminating in a reconstruction of his Passion in Jerusalem, based on the latest archaeological evidence. I hope you enjoy this series as a source of inspiration during these difficult times.

Episode 1: Growing up in Galilee

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Protestors in front of the White House during the recent shutdown

I don’t usually use this space for political disputes. I much prefer to talk about my passion for art and archaeology. But our government is out of control. During the recent shutdown, thousands of families were put at severe financial risk. …

The Angels of War (Pantheon, 2018)

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. To commemorate this event, Pantheon has published my war novel “The Angels of War” in an all-new edition. It tells the true story of four brave young women — three British, one American — who defied…

Peter Paul Rubens, copy after a drawing of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Battle of Anghiari”

In 1440, the allied armies of Florence, Venice and the Papal States — actually a motley assortment of no more than around 8,000 troops — was attacked by the vastly superior forces of Milan near the town of Anghiari, close to Arezzo. …

Machiavelli and Leonardo in the upcoming film “The Search for the Mona Lisa”

In 1503, Leonardo returned to Florence after his short and rather unhappy engagement as the military engineer for Cesare Borgia. But the Borgia episode had one fortunate result with tremendous consequences for Leonardo’s career. While in Borgia’s camp, he had met the young envoy from Florence, named Niccolò Machiavelli —…

Jean-Pierre Isbouts

National Geographic author, historian, and filmmaker, writing about things that lift our spirits and move our hearts.

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