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First Links - 12.26.11

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Breaking “The Rules” Doublethink , Eve Tushnet Christian pilgrims flock to Holy Land CNN , Izzy Lemberg Fighting Human Trafficking Patheos , An interview with Charles Powell Christmas and the Philosophers Blog and Mablog , Douglas Wilson How can we remain silent while Christians are being . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 11.23.12

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Gift Books of Christian Wisdom: A Syllabus for Our Era Crisis Magazine , Rev. James V. Schall, S.J. Christmas liturgical calendar lags pop culture The Republic , Terry Mattingly The Media Made Malcolm X History Today , Peter Ling The search for the God particle goes beyond mere physics Washington . . . . Continue Reading »

The Relevance of the King James Bible

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British Prime Minister David Cameron on the King James Bible : The Bible is a book that has not just shaped our country, but shaped the world. And with 3 Bibles sold or given away every second a book that is not just important in understanding our past, but which will continue to have a profound . . . . Continue Reading »

How Martin Luther Went Viral

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The Economist explains how social media in the sixteenth century helped bring about the Reformation : Scholars have long debated the relative importance of printed media, oral transmission and images in rallying popular support for the Reformation. Some have championed the central role of printing, . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.22.11

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War Horse: A Modern Epic on the End of Modernity Philosophical Fragments , Timothy Dalrymple Why Hanukkah Is the Most Celebrated Jewish Holiday in America TIME , Tim Newcomb Split GOP presidential endorsements reflect fractured evangelical base CNN , Dan Gilgoff No Sex Please, I’m British . . . . Continue Reading »

Physics’ Crisis of Faith

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Alan Lightman, a physicist at MIT and author of one of my favorite novels ( Einstein’s Dreams ), thinks that speculating about the multiverse theory is a sign that physics is stepping outside the boundaries of science and into the realm of faith : The history of science can be viewed as the . . . . Continue Reading »