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Religion Update 2013: Books Extend Pastors’ Ministries—and Can Sell Big by Juli Cragg Hilliard. Don’t call them celebrities. The pastor-authors whose books power Christian publishing and these days cross over into general market bestsellerdom are known by their messages and […]

Problem

Philosophy Has a Sexual Harassment Problem by Jennifer M. Saul. As is by now widely known, the philosopher Colin McGinn has resigned from the University of Miami. The full story isn’t clear yet, but he’s accused of sending emails to […]

Generosity

Hard-Wired for Giving by Elizabeth Svoboda. Contrary to conventional wisdom that humans are essentially selfish, scientists are finding that the brain is built for generosity. More at the WSJ.

Epidemic

Painkiller Addictions Worst Drug Epidemic in US History by Amel Ahmed. Fatal overdoses have reached epidemic levels, exceeding those from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the CDC. Read more.

Embarrassing

Barack Obama is Proving an Embarrassing Amateur on the World Stage Compared to George W. Bush by Nile Gardiner. George W. Bush was widely mocked by the Left during the Iraq War, with liberals jeering at the “coalition of the […]

Genes

Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness by Gretchen Reynolds. Our genes may have a more elevated moral sense than our minds do, according to a new study of the genetic effects of happiness. They can, it seems, reward […]

Atomism

Victor Stenger’s Atomic Muddle by M. Anthony Mills. “God is dead,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in a widely misunderstood epitaph. In the next (rarely quoted) passage Nietzsche continues: “And we killed him — you and I.” If Victor Stenger’s new book […]

Clash

One Great Big War by David Brooks. The Syrian civil conflict is both a proxy war and a combustion point for spreading waves of violence. This didn’t start out as a religious war. But both Sunni and Shiite power players […]

Survive?

Can Conservative Religion Survive Gay Marriage? by David P Goldman. Gay marriage was political poison just a decade ago, but has triumphed today because of the sudden shrinkage in conservative Christian ranks. The gay marriage issue is a lightning-rod for […]

Letter

Why I Changed My Mind About Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech by Edward Gilbreath. [O]ver the last year I’ve worked on a book project that has required me to delve deeply into King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” […]

Growth

The Bucks Start Here by Christopher DeMuth. The growth of executive government and the growth of government debt are both highly worrisome to many people. They are, however, usually thought of as separate problems, arising from separate government functions. On […]

History

The Claremont Institute reviews On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan.

Elite

How an Insular Beltway Elite Makes Wars of Choice More Likely by Conor Friedersdorf. The pressure on President Obama to intervene in Syria is hyped — and the pressure to stay out of the conflict is unjustly ignored. More at […]

Communication

Five Ways to Communicate About Sex by Robert Taibbi. Sex, of course, is the most intimate of acts, but not surprisingly perhaps, so is talking about it. And that’s what can make it difficult. Though others can’t read our minds […]

Impulses

Why He Can’t Keep It in His Pants by Tom Jacobs. Researchers, divorce attorneys, and stand-up comedians agree: Guys have a harder time resisting sexual temptation. Studies suggest married men are more likely than women to have extramarital affairs, as […]

Revolution

Here’s a review of The English in Love: the Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution by Claire Langhamer.

Maturing

Atheism is Maturing, and It Will Leave Richard Dawkins Behind by Martin Robbins. Increasingly, Richard Dawkins’ public output resembles that of a man desperately grasping for attention and relevance in a maturing community. More.

Executioner

Here’s a review of The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F Harrington.

Secularization III

The American Interest provides a lengthy review of How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization by Mary Eberstadt here. (Previous reviews and excerpt linked here.)

Better

John McWhorter: A Better Way to Honor Dr. King’s Dream The goal of the civil-rights movement was opportunity—not a ‘post-racial’ society. More at the WSJ.