The church in Egypt traces its origins to the days of the apostles, and in its early centuries produced many courageous martyrs and apologists. Where does it stand today? In this episode the team explores Egyptian Christianity by surveying its history and visiting its churches. Topics in Episode 4 include speed editing, kidnapping, and the sufficiency of Scripture.
Historically, Islam was characterized by a distrust of discovery and creation. This affected their approach to architecture, science, and their culture, in general. This attitude toward innovation and creativity meant that the community of Islam was historically a closed community- not open to new ideas or discoveries- although, when allowed, Arab scientists were quite able gleaners of knowledge from various sources.
The ancient Egyptians are known for having their skeletons in the closet, but less is known about their darker secret: they had their demons, too.
Isaac and Chris demonstrate the proper technique for haggling yourself a deal at an Egyptian bazaar.
The definition of a pyramid scheme is, essentially, a non-sustainable business model that consumes a gigantic amount of labor and benefits no one but the man at the top. The con game got its name from the pyramid shape, because the structure is the same (with people subbing for stones). But the metaphor works doubly well when you understand the Egyptian point of building pyramids in the first place.
Apart from Scripture, trying to make sense of ancient Egypt's disjointed chronology is nothing more than fumbling in the dark.
In Episode Three of Navigating History: Egypt, Isaac, David, Steven, and Chris confront the ideology and outcome of the greatest force in modern Egyptian culture--the Islamic religion. Tracing its central ideas to a mishmash of religions compiled by Muhammad in the 7th century AD, the team analyzes Islam's doctrinal and political conflict with Christianity and the Bible.
A behind-the-scenes look at the folks back at Mission Control.
Our father always said the best, fastest way to know what to expect from a book is to look at its bibliography. The books listed here are the backbone of our project, from the tomes that had to be taken with a grain of salt, to primary sources good for reference and further study, to the highly recommended resources marked with an asterisk.
After being in Egypt less than a week, Chris explains just how quickly he has become used to the new and unfamiliar in Egyptian culture.
Steven explains why Egypt is a photographer's dream come true.
Most of what is left for us to see of the Ancient Egyptians’ culture is their preparation for the afterlife. And one of the most interesting preparations they made for the afterlife was their mummification of animals. Nicely preserved, their pets would now be able to come with them into the afterlife. But they also believed puppies like the ones above made made nice presents -- not as birthday surprises for children, but as offerings to the gods.
Isaac turns to the silver screen to describe the team's experiences so far.
In their second episode, the four men tackle the colossal mystery of ancient Egypt: the construction of the Pyramids. David outlines the most common theories of pyramid construction, putting forward an intriguing but largely unexplored explanation--one that defies evolutionary historiography. The team members enter one of these massive ancient structures and explore other tombs nearby, discussing what the Pyramids teach us about statism, true progress, and the glory of God.