From Butterflies & Wheels, how an atheist spent an evening in the company of a young earth creationist and was nearly scarred for life by the experience; Kenan Malik on reinventing the sacred for a godless age; Edmund Standing takes a look at exactly what the Qur'an says; measuring the Books: R. Joseph Hoffmann on truth claims in Islam and its others; and do religions have rights? Further pages from The Victim’s Handbook. An interview with Richard Dawkins, a towering figure in evolution who skewers creationists for sport. Terry Eagleton on the liberal supremacists: Whether they like it or not, Dawkins, Amis, Hitchens and company have become weapons in the war on terror. From Economic Principals, a review of Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews and Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John Taylor. The Last Days of Heath Ledger: To write a conceivable chronicle of Heath Ledger's final days, Lisa Taddeo did exhaustive research, then filled in the rest with her imagination. From Geist, what can the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm teach us about the state of our economic system? Everything. A review of On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages by Valerie Allen.

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