Adam Lewis (Kennesaw State): Why Religion is Persuasive: How Religious Rhetoric Taps into Intuitions Underlying Religious Thought. A review of The Evidence For God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined by Paul K. Moser. A review of Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways by Olivier Roy (and more and more). Einstein’s God: What did the great physicist really believe about the deity? Greta Christina on why religious people are scared of atheists. An excerpt from The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering. Is there any reason to consider that unlike the compass or algebra, there is any sense in which monotheism can objectively be seen as an step forward over, say, polytheism (the belief in many gods) or pantheism (that the world itself is imbued with the divine)? From InsideCatholic.com, a look at the constant threat of the miraculous. A review of In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence by John Teehan. The Bible seems to be a God-ordained bloody mess — what does that tell us about the nature of God? An interview with Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. The new atheists' rationality is noble, but it doesn't take into account most of the world's religious beliefs, particularly animism. God gene or meme: Is humanity doomed to a future of religious fundamentalism? None of us, whether religious or non-religious, are maladaptive — from an evolutionary perspective.


A new issue of Hoover Digest is out. The Corruption Game: Juan Cole on what the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks tell us about American support for corrupt dictatorships in the Muslim world. Research finds "celebrity chavs" like Jordan and Kerry Katona reflect the moral delinquency of white working-class girls. Jo-Ann Mort on God and democracy in the streets of Egypt. Matt Taibbi wants to create a new Supreme Court of Assholedom. Jeff Jarvis on Egypt, the Internet, and the human right to connect. If I ruled the world, by Arianna Huffington: "Objectivity is overrated. We need media that take sides and call leaders to account. And we all need to spend less time online". From David Remnick's 2004 profile of the Muslim Brotherhood to a glimpse at a Cairo after Mubarak, The Daily Beast picks the most essential longform journalism about Egypt. The most interesting thing about Jonathan Goldsmith, the man who plays the Most Interesting Man in the World in those TV ads for Dos Equis beer, is that he is interesting, too, perhaps even superlatively so. Regular Egyptians will soon face a choice: help Mubarak or help the demonstrators? As we recall the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, we might ask: who was worse, Hitler or Stalin? From The Nation, should the U.S. suspend Egypt's $1.5 billion aid package, and what about cutting military aid altogether?; and Egypt leaves the Right crazed and confused: Side with Mubarak or the Egyptian people? Label the demos jihadist or Tea Party East?


From LRB, Benjamin Kunkel reviews The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism and A Companion to Marx’s "Capital", by David Harvey. Marxism, politics, and evil: A review of Ethical Marxism by Bill Martin. A review of Re-reading Marx: New Perspectives after the Critical Edition. The New Luther: Roand Boer on Marx and the Reformation as Revolution. Robert Paul Wolff has a series on the thought of Karl Marx. Karl Marx, in London for a book signing, stumbles off the Eurostar and straight into an interview at a cafe in King’s Cross — how does the credit crunch fit with the guru’s theory of crisis? Looking for the movement as a whole: Richard Levins on continuing sources of Marxism. Has another Marx been revealed? An interview with Marcello Musto, author of The Rediscovery of Karl Marx. A review of How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism by Eric Hobsbawm (and more and more and more and more and more and more). In 1995, Robert Skidelsky published a book called The World After Communism; today, he wonders whether there will be a world after capitalism. Where now? The left must go back to its roots — but modernised Marxism is not the answer. A review of A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism by Silvio Pons. "Communist Monopoly": A Polish research institute has developed a board game to teach young people about life under Communism. An interview with Peter Hitchens on the perils of ideology.

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