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Why Climate Change Is an Irrelevance, Economic Growth Is a Myth, and Sustainability Is Forty Years Too Late
Volume 40, No. 4
June / July 2020

As someone who has been exploring the world’s most isolated wilderness regions for nearly half a century, I have some insight into the state of the planet and the human race’s current environmental befuddlement. I’ve watched the condition of the earth plummet before my eyes within my own lifespan, to the extent that I no …


Toward a More Democratic Atheism
Volume 40, No. 4
June / July 2020

The iconoclastic Christopher Hitchens can be seen anytime on YouTube wryly advocating the teaching of religion in public schools: “I know of no other way to ensure a constant supply of atheists!” I laughed too, but he seemed unaware of how easily he could overshoot the mark on this one. Years ago, as a journalism …

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Can scientific proof of our commonality save us?
Volume 30, No. 4
June / July 2010

Regardless of who you are or where you came from—despite ethnic differences, political distinctions, and racial tensions—we are all African. With these four words we can understand the truth of our human ancestry and in so doing learn a great deal about ourselves and our place on this planet. With these four words there is …


Why Secularization Failed in the Muslim World
Volume 30, No. 4
June / July 2010
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Secularization failed early in the Muslim world. It was a lengthy process that unfolded in four stages. The first stage began as early as the fourth century c.e., when Christians and Jews—not the Muslims, as popularly supposed—undertook the translation of Greek philosophy into Arabic. The Muslim Arab philosophers al-Kindi, al-Farabi, and Avicenna benefited from these …

Sen v. Bauer: On What Do Rights Stand?
Volume 30, No. 4
June / July 2010

The debate about what kind of political economy is best for people isn’t carried out only in the domestic arena. To be sure, the health-care insurance controversy has dominated domestic attention of late, and though there seems to be wide consensus on the appropriateness of greater government involvement, not all welcome that consensus. Is there …


Can scientific proof of our commonality save us?
Volume 30, No. 4
June / July 2010

Regardless of who you are or where you came from—despite ethnic differences, political distinctions, and racial tensions—we are all African. With these four words we can understand the truth of our human ancestry and in so doing learn a great deal about ourselves and our place on this planet. With these four words there is …


Why Secularization Failed in the Muslim World
Volume 30, No. 4
June / July 2010
,

Secularization failed early in the Muslim world. It was a lengthy process that unfolded in four stages. The first stage began as early as the fourth century c.e., when Christians and Jews—not the Muslims, as popularly supposed—undertook the translation of Greek philosophy into Arabic. The Muslim Arab philosophers al-Kindi, al-Farabi, and Avicenna benefited from these …