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Our pick of the films of 2009
It’s that time of year again: open season
on editors, when indignant readers take pot shots at us for our taste
in films. But we’re thick-skinned and, in any case, you can make
The new revelation
Have aeons of natural selection hardwired human beings to be religious?
Bureacratic bullies get pushback
First, get power. Then, consolidate it. Next, break promises to the people who helped you get power that you would still recognize their autonomy on important issues. Don’t allow debate, shut down opposition. Exert control.
A witness who paid the price
The German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was charismatic, courageous and controversial
The shock and awe of creation
Are God and evolution really incompatible? Not if you examine the question carefully.
Avatar: visually stunning, morally vapid
James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar offers hand-me down paganism and crass environmentalist politics. But, hey, visually, it's pretty cool.
Darwin’s disciples today
Political theorists of all hues claim that Darwin gives scientific credibility to their own theories. One of these is Peter Singer.
Lithuania defies EU to promote family values
Sidestepping critics, Baltic nation strengthens family-friendly law on public information.
The origins of Darwinian political thought
A number of writers about politics and morality have drawn inspiration from Darwin's theory of evolution. How successful were they? First of a two-part series.
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles
There is hope for Africa, writes a British journalist, perhaps more hope than for more developed countries.
What the Dickens are population controllers up to?
The flint-hearted, prune-faced, carbon-obsessed bean-counters who want fewer people, especially fewer poor people, should reread A Christmas Carol.
Merry Christmas, sweetheart!
A special Christmas gift for the guy (or girl) who has everything: a divorce voucher.
Not etched in stone
There are many reasons for pushback on the Senate health care
legislative ‘compromise’. Abortion funding is chief among them.
Morgan Freeman deserves an Oscar for this uplifting film about forgiveness and reconciliation in South Africa.
Climate change: a real problem, but what will work?
There is cause for alarm over global warming, but emissions deals are not the solution.
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