by Dave Dentel
To paraphrase Mark Twain, it’s amazing how a trifling bit of science can be exploited for the sake of scoring a political point.
A recent example of this sort of intellectual sleight of hand can be encountered on the webpages of
I refer to
an opinion piece by Allison Hopper which asserts that religious people who reject evolution are actually supporting white supremacy. Read more
By Dave Dentel
In the past three hundred years, the kind of slavery that permits one human being to own another has gone from near universal acceptance to being all but eradicated.
Scholar David Brion Davis attempts to explain why this momentous transformation occurred in his dense and highly academic tome,
. Slavery and Human Progress
Davis’s work is not so much a history of slavery and how it came to be (mostly) abolished as it is a recounting of what people have thought and said about the institution.
Christians in India circa 1870. By Dave Dentel
It may have been the dust jacket design that threw me off. The title is set in ornate lettering and illuminated with a medieval-style vine-and-serpent motif, which led me to think this was a book about the ancient origins of the Bible and how it emerged in its present form.
The Book That Made Your World examines a much more familiar theme—how the Bible influenced and accommodated the rise of Western civilization. But what makes it different, and unusually potent, is that its thesis is propounded by an Easterner who sees this historical influence as a good thing. Read more
Man has been rebelling against God since well before the law was given on Mount Sinai, depicted here by Dore.
Godless despotism reached its apotheosis in the 20
th century, killing millions and wreaking destruction on a scale unequaled in human history.
These crimes no doubt did much to taint the flavor of atheism associated with this murderous movement and the particular political forms in which it was manifested: fascism and communism.
The destruction of the Amorites, as envisioned by Gustave Dore.
From the headlines accompanying archeological findings out of Lebanon you’d think that science had finally proved the Bible was nothing more than 4,000 years of fake news.
Jesus music without Jesus—the acclaimed 1975 album from a notorious cult.