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Doubts

Doubts About ‘The Jesus Discovery’ by Alan Boyle. Now that the word about “the Jesus Discovery” is out in the open, outside experts are weighing in — and many of them look upon the robotic exploration of a 1st-century Jerusalem […]

Exactly

This is exactly the point I make in my own book. When It Comes To Sex, Women Know Best by Michael Castleman. If men made love the way most women prefer, both sexes would feel more sexually fulfilled—and many relationships […]

Nothingness

Landscapes of Nothingness by William Carroll. The fundamental question of why there is something rather than nothing is a metaphysical and theological question—and with respect to such a question the natural sciences necessarily have nothing to say. More at PD.

Judge Martin

An Atheist, a Muslim and a Judge: What Really Happened by Cathy Young. The story that flew around the blogosphere last week was guaranteed to cause an uproar: A Muslim assaults an atheist for mocking Mohammed, and a Muslim judge […]

Two Views

Afghans Don’t Hate America by Max Boot. Violent Afghan protests over the burning of Qurans have strengthened the hand of those in Washington who argue for a faster reduction of U.S. troops. Especially galling was an incident of violence within […]

Greatest Hits

Obama’s Union Speech a ‘Load of You-Know-What’ by David Harsanyi. False choices. Populist bromides. A lecture on values. President Barack Obama treated us to some of his greatest hits this week. More at Reason.

Revolution

Stephen L. Talbott has a set of four essays at The New Atlantis “explaining the significance of a revolution in genetics and molecular biology that has only just begun to receive public attention.”

Polarized

“Jonathan Haidt Explains Our Contentious Culture” in an interview with Bill Moyers.

Amish

CT reviews The Amish, which premieres tonight on PBS.

God Wars

The God Wars by Bryan Appleyard. To hardline atheists, it is now unreasonable and “dramatically peculiar” to argue that religion is not altogether evil. How did such intolerance become acceptable to rational minds? Read article here.

Media Bias Redux

James Q. Wilson reviews Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind by Tim Groseclose. (Previous post about the book here.)

Hysteria

On Santorum, Democrats, and “God’s Will” by Paul G. Kengor. In case you didn’t notice…. With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. […]

Right

Max Fisher: If Afghans Want to Reject the U.S. and Embrace Theocracy, That’s Their Right There are 90,000 American troops in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, but it looks more and more like it’s Afghanistan itself, as well as the […]

System

Your Theological System Should Tell You How to Exegete by Kevin DeYoung. Systematic theology looks at the whole Bible and tries to understand all that God says on a given subject (e.g., sin, heaven, angels, justification). Exegesis is what you […]

Doctrine

The Obama Doctrine by David Rohde. When Barack Obama took the oath of office three years ago, no one associated the phrase “targeted killing” with his optimistic young presidency. In his inaugural address, the 47-year-old former constitutional law professor uttered […]

GW

Global Warming: How to Approach the Science by Richard S. Lindzen (MIT). See here. (pdf)

Vanished

The Emperor of Vanished Kingdoms by Raymond Zhong. Here’s a thought. What if the euro survives the present economic crisis but the European Union—or even the United Kingdom—doesn’t? It’s the kind of question that comes to mind when you talk […]

Why?

Why Apologize to Afghanistan? by Andrew C. McCarthy. We have officially lost our minds. The New York Times reports that President Obama has sent a formal letter of apology to Afghanistan’s ingrate president, Hamid Karzai, for the burning of Korans […]

Syndrome

The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah by Chris Nashawaty. See here.

Justice?

Pee Brain by Emily Bazelon. Ryan Braun, reigning National League MVP, was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug—and now he’s off the hook on a technicality. By a vote of two […]