Cain and Abel are pleasant myths that tell contradictory stories depending on authorship and what religions employs them. Cain and Abel reveal more of history than theology, and show why today's holy books are wrong.
A serpent in a garden has been a common theme of world religions. Most see the serpent as a god offering wisdom to mortals. This is not the case in Genesis, but the serpent is created out of numerous older theologies, and for a special reason: changing the stories to create a unique tale to meet the writers' goals.
Newt Gingrich declared, during an Iowa debate, that Palestinians were "invented" and never were an historical people. History, archaeology, and more proves that Gingrich is no historian and out-of-touch with reality.
As the economic well-being of any people plunges, starvation and unemployment skyrockets, many will seek out demigods and dictators or turn to religion for temporary euphora. Some will argue that bad times are the sign of End Times and an Apocalypse is near. Is the Apocalypse fact or fiction? Here is the judgment of history, texts, and scholars.