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Our pick of the films of 2009
Michael Cook | 31 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: best of, film reviews, lists
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 comments!

The new revelation
Denyse O'Leary | 31 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: evolution, religion
Have aeons of natural selection hardwired human beings to be religious?

If it takes a village…
Sheila Liaugminas | 31 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
Together with Ireland and Italy and communities scattered in Spain and several other nations, Lithuania is holding fast to the values that have held civilization together throughout history.

Bureacratic bullies get pushback
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: European Union, Fundamental Rights Agency, human rights
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
Francis Phillips | 29 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, Bonhoeffer, Christianity, Nazi
The German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was charismatic, courageous and controversial

The shock and awe of creation
Leslie Tomory | 29 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: atheism, evolution
Are God and evolution really incompatible? Not if you examine the question carefully.

Avatar: visually stunning, morally vapid
Michael Coren | 28 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: environmentalism, science fiction
James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar offers hand-me down paganism and crass environmentalist politics. But, hey, visually, it's pretty cool.

The press back and forth
Sheila Liaugminas | 28 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Chicago, corruption, Iran

This is the time for retrospectives, and forecasting. The media are doing both. And they are especially political this year.

Darwin’s disciples today
Carson Holloway | 27 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Darwin, evolution, Peter Singer
Political theorists of all hues claim that Darwin gives scientific credibility to their own theories. One of these is Peter Singer.

A most uncomfortable topic
Sheila Liaugminas | 27 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
Terminal sedation is proving to be how so-called 'assisted suicide' is flowing down to the general public."

Lithuania defies EU to promote family values
Bryan P. Bradley | 27 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: family values, homosexuality, Lithuania, Russia
Sidestepping critics, Baltic nation strengthens family-friendly law on public information.

Who’s in charge at Georgetown?
Sheila Liaugminas | 26 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
When a former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood winds up getting a job teaching in the Health Systems department at Georgetown University, there's a problem.

The origins of Darwinian political thought
Carson Holloway | 26 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Darwin, evolution
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
Martyn Drakard | 25 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa
There is hope for Africa, writes a British journalist, perhaps more hope than for more developed countries.

Good news in the Times?
Sheila Liaugminas | 25 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church, disability, human dignity
The children of Specialty will deteriorate and die here. The real wonder is that they have survived.

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