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Peace in Northern Ireland: the Queen and Martin McGuinness Shake Hands

Well, I never expected to see the picture below: Martin McGuinness (1950-), former (we presume) head of the military branch of the Provisional Irish Republican Army  (IRA or PIRA as the British Army called it rather imperiously), now Deputy First … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Cathedral and the Two Faces of Religion

I recently finished reading David Sloan Wilson’s marvelous book ‘Darwin’s Cathedral’ that suggests (and provides a wealth of evidence to support) the idea that religion in all its institutional, emotional, and prescriptive aspects ranks as a major evolutionary adaptation and … Continue reading

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Religious Belief: James P Carse

I am just reading James P Carse’s book ‘The Religious Case Against Belief ‘ and it starts with three quotes that I think throw interesting light on religion and belief and also incorporate the idea of multiple perspectives of this … Continue reading

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American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

There is an interesting new book by Robert Putnam and David Campbell, reviewed on 3 Quarks daily below. The full review, which I recommend, is at: http://thehumanist.org/2011/05/02/american-grace-how-religion-divides-and-unites-us/ American religion is a conundrum. Americans manage to combine deep religious devotion with … Continue reading

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