Star Turn

SINCE LONG BEFORE the oldest physical creations in human culture—the raising of the step pyramid at Saqqara or the Great Wall of China, for example—people have been telling stories of human origins. Through religion, such explanations have become creation myths, sacred genealogies, epic tales, and pious platitudes (e.g., “you are...

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Ted Cruz (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Terror-Go-Round: Breaking the Cycle of Xenophobia

As the German and French national football teams entertained a crowd of 80,000 supporters inside Paris’s Stade de France on Friday, November 13, three cowardly men—hellbent on the destruction of modernity and peace—tried unsuccessfully to get...

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Science & Religion in the Rough

Jared Diamond is the author of five best-selling books about human societies and human evolution, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages. 1991’s The Third Chimpanzee is his first book, followed by the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner Guns, Germs, and Steel—considered a...

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To Be Young, Gifted, Secular, and Black

Black youth who reject organized religion don’t have the social and economic benefits of white privilege to blunt their "apostasy." ALTHOUGH IN THE UNITED STATES young millennials lead the growing wave of “nones” (those who answer “none” when asked their religious affiliation),...

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Humanity’s Last Stand

IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL day of the year. Officially. I’ve just come from my monthly gig at the Channel 8 studios, where Shaun the meteorologist has proclaimed it sunny, seventy degrees, and calm in the Great Plains. Perfect spring weather. Meanwhile, in...

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Carnival or Campaign?

“Fundamental reform to expand and deepen our democracy, we know from America’s history, follows from one thing only: mass movements.”  —Robert Weissman, Public Citizen News, January/February 2016 SERIOUS VIEWING of the televised campaign to select the 45th president of the United States...

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