Articles tagged atheism, agnosticism, religion, history

Is Religion Really the Root of Human Violence?

In a vast survey of human history and religion, Karen Armstrong insists that the link between religion and violence is greatly exaggerated.

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It’s in the Blood: A Conversation with History Writer Tim Hannigan

Treading the lines between journalist and academic, travel writer and scholar, author Tim Hannigan talks about his latest book and his unorthodox approach to writing historical narratives.

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‘Easy Riders, Rolling Stones’ Explores the Migratory Nature of Music in America

Scanlan's work explores an expansive subject without losing too much time or focus to detours and alternate routes.

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How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?

By foregrounding the stories of the black stars of the Our Gang comedies, Julia Lee uncovers how black America’s attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved.

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The Birth, Life and Death of the UK Film Council

The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council provides an informative academic account of the recent birth, life and death of the UK's film funding body.

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If Chaucer Were Alive Today, He’d Be on the Front Page of ‘US Weekly’

Scholar Paul Strohm examines a particularly tumultuous year in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities and Pop Music, 1958-1980

As one of the first of the French punk groups, Stinky Toys grappled with authenticity, illustrating the pitfalls that French musicians experienced while navigating their place in the genre.

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‘Spotlight’ Casts Its Gaze on Scandals Exposed and Stories Untold

In pursuing the story of abuse in the Catholic Church, Spotlight is much like other films that celebrate journalists and the 14th Amendment.

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Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music

In this excerpt Todd Mouton delves into the evolution of “The World’s Greatest Cajun Band”, BeauSoleil, and their role in the Cajun renaissance.

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Lillian Faderman’s ‘The Gay Revolution’ Gives an Epic Sweep to a Story of Repression and Resistance

How does the amazing evolution in the image and status of gays and lesbians, as well as bisexual and transgender people, affect all Americans? What remains to be done?

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No Gays Allowed: Religious Hypocrisy and the Refusal of Services

Those who refuse service to the LGBT community claim their religious beliefs are being attacked. What they are really doing is showing ignorance of their own religion.

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There’s a Random Kind of Order in ‘City on a Grid’

New York’s paradigm-smashing and somewhat haphazardly planned 1811 street grid didn’t quite bring order to the chaotic metropolis, but it helped create the city that it is today.

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‘All Things Must Pass’ Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Music Supermarket

In Colin Hanks’ admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn’t just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply.

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Roger Luckhurst’s ‘Zombies’ Is Gory and Highly Informative

Zombies is just as much an anti-imperialist work as it is an historical examination of the walking dead.

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‘Paris at War’ Is a Definitive, Though Necessarily Incomplete, Monument

David Drake has revived the Nazi Occupation of France with an obsessive and impressive sense of detail.

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Bruce Bauman’s Latest Is a Family Drama of Biblical Proportions

Broken Sleep is brimming with colorful characters, fascinating dialogue, and beautiful yet tragic relationships, making it easy to read and hard to forget.

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There’s a Lot of Fiction Going on in ‘Bridge of Spies’

This case is based on fictions, on agreements that multiple governments are spying on one another, crafting and selling secrets, trading in human beings, and profiting from military-corporate-ever-unofficial deals.

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The Banality of Evil in ‘Experimenter’

Michael Almereyda’s knotty, intellectually playful film about Stanley Milgram’s chilling 1961 experiments asks why so many people seemed so unwilling to accept his conclusions.

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‘Breaker Morant’ Is an Epic Tale, Set During the Boer War

Breaker Morant uses a story about three colonial soldiers to illuminate much larger issues concerning war, heroism, and empire.

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On Evil Yogis and the Icy Silence of Yoga’s Post-Disintegration

David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.

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Supernatural: Season 12, Episode 2 - "Mamma Mia"

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"A can't-miss episode completes the start of the new season.

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