Articles tagged atheism, agnosticism, religion, history

Dusty Pixels and Patchwork Stories

Aging technology, the difficulty of cataloging games, and the ease of digital revision complicates our grasp of video game history and our ability to critically evaluate the present.

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.

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Tribal Spirituality in ‘Populous: The Beginning’

An underappreciated strategy title from 1998, Bullfrog's third Populous game is thick with references to religion and spirituality.

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‘The Great Fire of Rome’ Or, The Fall of the American Idol Emperor

Stephen Dando-Collins has written an entertaining but flawed account of Nero, the Emperor more interested in his singing career than with ruling the world.

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Would a ‘Society Without God’ Be Hell on Earth? Or Would It Be Like Scandinavia?

"Without religion, society is doomed." Discuss.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

A history of 'being white' that shows how race is a social construction rather than a biological identity.

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch

This book is a welcome tonic, carefully researched historical medicine, for an age prone to irrational and paranoid thinking.

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Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam

Nigam and Menon remind us of the rich history non violent protest has had in subaltern India, and that the recourse to violence is a measure of desperation rather than entitlement.

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Garry Wills’ new book says Congress and the courts have become immaterial

It’s time we revised our eighth-grade social studies textbooks. America has no presidency any longer, but a monarchy. Absurd? Historian Garry Wills says it

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8 Feb 2010 // 10:00 PM

Azrael #1-3

Scorsese-inspired and Petraeus-infused, Fabian Nicieza and Ramon Bachs' new Azrael is an incendiary powder keg, commenting one everything from the War on Terror to its title character's relevance to the very purpose of faith.

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27 Jan 2010 // 9:57 PM

The Skeptic

With its B-list actors, cheesy dialog and two-dimensional drama, this feels like one of the cheaply-produced TV movies broadcast and cable networks used to churn out on a weekly basis.

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Santa Claus: Super Hero Icon and Religious Figure

Kris Kringle has flesh-and-blood status and is a religious secular figure. He is Superman, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf the White, James Bond, Dr. Who and James T. Kirk all rolled into one.

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Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga

The story of Chicago is an epic one, full of many acts of ingenuity, wonder, greed, and tragedy; all the best and worst characteristics of humanity on a grand scale.

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Believer, Beware, ed. by Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau

How does a person live with the concepts of religious belief or non-belief without falling prey to fundamentalism or intolerance, or simply feeling foolish?

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31 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Audience of One

Director Michael Jacobs resists simplifying his subject, leaving viewers to come to their own conclusions about pastor Richard Gazowky, who he is, and why he wants to make his movie.

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The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

Promoted as a rebuttal to modern atheist thinkers, notably Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris, this doesn't feel like a cynical cash-in on a recent publishing phenomenon.

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The Landmark Herodotus by  Robert B. Strassler

An extraordinary account of a long distant past, one that provides a well-rendered portrait of the human condition in ancient times.

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The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

In Wright's view, biological evolution is an engine for the development of higher intelligence, which contrasts with the more traditional, scientific view that higher intelligence is merely a lucky break in a chaotic and complicated process.

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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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Moving Pixels Podcast: Coming of Age When 'Life Is Strange'

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"Time travelling and selfies are the central conceits of Life Is Strange.

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