This is the world in which the New Testament was written.
For all its bragging, Empire Christianity is weak and has no moral core.
It wasn't always about abstaining from chocolate.
With the Syrian cease fire tenuously holding, and UN-brokered negotiations underway in Geneva, President Putin's surprise partial withdrawal of forces makes it clear that the Russian establishment has not forgotten the lessons of the Afghanistan quagmire.
The coin is believed to be nearly 2,000 years old.