Articles tagged atheism, agnosticism, religion, history

Licentious Gotham by Donna Dennis

The book is not necessarily a history of erotic publishing as much as the history of erotic publishing’s clash with the law.

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Something to Do with Death

By manipulating mankind’s fear of death, organized religion clearly emerges as the most ruthless and totalitarian authority institution in the history of the world.

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Fault Lines by Nancy Huston

Erra’s childish recounting of body parts that grow and those that don’t, including a count of her own lost baby teeth, is a rare moment where the narrator truly is only six.

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Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan

At the intersection of works on nationalism, cultural identity, and Sri Lankan history, stands this humble book -- part family history, part war memoir.

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Network television has long believed in the teachings of teenage vampire slayers, talking cars, bionic crime fighters and planet-hopping ambassadors, but has had little faith

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Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far)

International relations get another moment in the spotlight when Barry mentions that in December 2006 the five permanent members of the UN Security Council include the US, the UK, Russia, China, and Google.

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Bill Maher hopes to get people thinking with his tirade against organized religion

ORLANDO, Fla.—Never let it be said that Bill Maher ran away from a fight. The comic and cultural critic is famous for questioning and

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22 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Pop Culture: Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Neighborhood

Whether intentionally spiritual or not, popular culture and its products serve many of the same drives of religion: making meaning and forging the bonds of community.

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30 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

“Swiper, No Swiping!”: The Demonology of Dora the Explorer

With his moral ambiguity, ritualistic expulsions, and trickster ways, Dora the Explorer's Swiper is an archetypal image of the diabolical fox-spirit in the history of religions -- which might be an unacknowledged lesson for children.

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The Word of God by Thomas M. Disch

This reads as if Italo Calvino was somewhat slow and raised on MTV, but had tried to write If on a winter’s night a traveler …” , anyway.

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12 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Family by Jeff Sharlet

What if the American fundamentalists' power and influence became such that they helped destabilize the New Deal, played key roles in anti-Communist foreign policy during the Cold War, and supported numerous bloodthirsty dictators?

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23 Apr 2008 // 3:19 AM

He never left. God, that is. From your local bookstore shelves. Last year, you heard a lot about atheism chic. Richard Dawkins continued to pummel

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A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen

Though Jonathan spends much of the story reflecting on his life on Earth, the afterlife he encounters is peppered with dangers that are amorphous and beyond anything to do with the living, including religious beliefs

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Critics say ‘Golden Compass’ is atheist agenda disguised in fantasy

Since its beginning, critics have denounced the film industry as a godless enterprise leading innocent minds astray. Now, say the critics, the industry is pushing

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Critics say ‘Golden Compass’ is atheist agenda disguised in fantasy

Since its beginning, critics have denounced the film industry as a godless enterprise leading innocent minds astray. Now, say the critics, the industry is pushing

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Director says initial reaction to ‘Compass’ hasn’t been golden

Chris Weitz is a moviemaker on the spot. He’s just directed a multi-million dollar movie fantasy, “The Golden Compass,” which opens around the world

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‘Compass’ author’s atheism stirs debate on film’s message

Nina Hemmer is a reader. The 11-year-old Shorewood, Wis., girl is plowing through the Bible and hopes “to get to the part about Jesus’ birth

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22 Oct 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse OLeary

As a guide to the war zone from the antimaterialist perspective, it's a valuable read.

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25 Sep 2007 // 4:12 AM

Faith or fact? The symbolism of religion conveyed by journalism.

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13 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

The result is a hypnotic read about the turbulent nature of public life.

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