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Bellarmine at 400

The 400th anniversary of the death of Robert Bellarmine invites a look back at this fascinating figure of the Catholic Reformation, engaged as he was with issues newly relevant today: the relationship of faith and science and of ecclesial and temporal power. Continue Reading »

Dreams of Heaven

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death by john gray farrar, straus and giroux, 288 pages, $24 Few historians of culture would think to suggest a similarity between the death throes of Victorian England and the first decades of Soviet totalitarianism—but . . . . Continue Reading »

Daniel Dennett Hunts the Snark

In the second section—or “fit”—of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the Bellman lectures the crew of his ship on the peculiar traits of the creature they have just crossed an ocean to find. There are, he tells his men, “five unmistakable marks” by which genuine Snarks . . . . Continue Reading »

Cosmic Questions

Dreams of a Final Theory by steven weinberg pantheon, 338 pages, $25 In the second-to-last chapter of his new book, Dreams of a Final Theory, Steven Weinberg writes, “It would be wonderful to find in the laws of nature a plan prepared by a concerned creator in which human beings played . . . . Continue Reading »

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