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Religion & Other Curiosities
May 25, 2011

Samantha and the Lone Sheriff

The National Interest, a periodical known for a staunchly realist stance in international affairs, carried an article by Jacob Heilbrunn about Samantha Power in its May-June, 2011 issue. Power, who presently heads the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights in the National Security Council, has referred to herself as the “genocide chick”. TNI has […]

May 18, 2011

An Argument about Hell

Robert (“Rob”) Bell is a prominent figure in the Evangelical world, an author and pastor. In 1999 he founded the Mars Hill Bible Church, in Grandville, Michigan, a very successful megachurch attended every Sunday by 8,000 to 10,000 worshippers. Earlier this year he published a book with the less than modest title Love Wins: A Book […]

May 11, 2011

Identity Markets and Identity Theft

On April 27, 2011, The New York Times carried a story about atheists campaigning to have their own chaplaincy in the American military. The campaign is led by an organization called Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Jason Torpy, its president (a former Army captain) identified the group’s faith as “humanism”. He stated the case […]

May 4, 2011

Some Ukrainians Want to be Jews!

On April 23, 2011, The New York Times carried a story about the Embassy of God, a Pentecostal megachurch in, of all places, Kiev. I had known about this church before, but the Times story, in combination with other items about Ukraine that had come to my intention, made me reflect about it once more. […]

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