Tag Archives: Religion

The Promethean Legacy: Harari’s Sapiens

Harari. Yuval Noah. Sapiens. A Brief History of Human Kind. [Kinneret 2011] Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Toronto: Signal-McClelland & Stewart, 2014. Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the planet and of the survival of humankind upon it, … Continue reading

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Confronting the Cosmic Drama: Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline of Magic

Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England. Weidenfeld and Nelson, 1971. Harmondsworth, Middx.: Penguin 1973. I started a very leisurely progress through this book early last fall. A friend lent it to … Continue reading

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Finding Peace? Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Armstrong, Karen. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. Toronto: Knopf, 2014.  Karen Armstrong’s latest work is a very timely book and is, as one tends to expect from her, insightful and detailed. The end notes take over … Continue reading

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Finding a Way In a World Without God: Peter Watson’s The Age of Atheists

Watson, Peter. The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. Did God die at the end of the nineteenth century? Watson asserts, “The world has never forgotten—and … Continue reading

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