Description We are dealing with an influential fundamentalist international that has a clear strategy. In order to secure women’s rights, we need a democratic international of women otherwise we have absolutely no chance of conquering this beast. Not only Algerian, but Sudanese, Iranian, and Afghani women know what I am talking about. They know the […]
Book Description Not the Impossible Faith is a tour de force, dissecting and refuting the oft-repeated claim that Christianity could not have succeeded in the ancient world unless it were true. Dr. Carrier surveys a whole range of topics regarding the origin of Christianity and its cultural context, demonstrating that its success has entirely natural […]
Over the past twenty-five years, Thomas Nagel has played a major role in the philosophico-biological debate on subjectivity and consciousness. This extensive collection of published essays and reviews offers Nagel’s opinionated views on the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and political philosophy, as well as on fellow philosophers like Freud, Wittgenstein, Rawls, Dennet, Chomsky, Searle, Nozick, […]
Feldman, a professor of law, builds a persuasive case against the “dominant story of the separation of church and state.” The first claim of that story, that “the separation of church and state stands as a constitutional principle that promotes democracy and equally protects the religious liberty of all,” obscures the extent to which the […]
Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) has been described by Richard Popkin as the key intellectual figure at the outset of the eighteenth century. Examinations of libraries from the period show him to have been by far the most successful author of the century, and his Historical and Critical Dictionary is in fact the philosophy best-seller of all […]
“My soul would be an outlaw,” begins the storyteller in this short tale of the timeless war between Conformity and Rebellion, in the guise of the Master Timekeeper (a.k.a. the Ticktockman) and the renegade Harlequin. In a completely regulated society, where being a minute late here and there shortens your life accordingly, the Ticktockman is […]
This powerhouse anthology contains essays by leading scientists, philosophers, and other scholars, including Stephen Jay Gould, Isaac Asimov, Kenneth Miller, Ashley Montagu, Sidney W. Fox, and Michael Ruse. Also included is the text of the 1982 court ruling by U.S. District Judge William Overton in the famous Arkansas case.
Van Wagoner documents the influence of Sidney Rigdon on Mormonism. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in Mormon history.
Written less than 15 years after the end of World War II, when anti-Communist paranoia was reaching fever-pitch in the United States, this book is very much a product of its time. Originally planned for a juvenile audience, Starship Troopers has become a classic of hard science fiction, albeit a controversial one. Heinlein creates a […]
In the 28 years since Roe v. Wade legal in the United States, the right of women to secure a safe abortion has been under almost constant assault. In court after court, community after community, state after state, anti-abortion forces have fought long, bitter, too-often violent battles to shut down access to safe, legal abortions. […]
A very basic introduction to atheism.
So many books published these days seem to deliberately ignore the forest for the trees, or the leaves, or the chloroplasts, or the chemistry of biopigments. Readers interested in big questions usually have to make do with the obligatory summing-up at the end, in which the author tries to justify his or her narrow interest […]
Watson examines the Christian Coalition in the context of religious and political history in the United States, offering theories that help to explain its purpose, its popularity, and its power. He argues that the main motives for its existence are a longing for the restoration of America to a “purer,” homogeneous nation under God and […]
Electronics engineer Dan Davis has finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot with extraordinary abilities, destined to dramatically change the landscape of everyday routine. Then, with wild success just within reach, Dan’s greedy partner and greedier fianc’e trick him into taking the long sleep — suspended animation for thirty years. They never […]
Leonard Levy’s classic work examines the circumstances that led to the writing of the establishment clause of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….” He argues that the framers of the Constitution intended to prohibit government aid to religion even on an impartial basis, thus refuting the “nonpreferentialists,” who […]
In The First Messiah renowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Michael O. Wise brings to light the life of Judah, a forgotten prophet who predated Jesus as a messianic figure by a century and has had a profound impact on the course of Christianity and Western civilization. Unlike Jesus, Judah left behind a personal testament, in […]
In 2110, when an asteroid enters the solar system on a direct collision course with Earth, it is up to Captain Robert Singh and the crew of the spacecraft Goliath to find a way to avert catastrophe.
Scholars have dissected the Gospels and other stories about Jesus for more than a century, attempting to determine their historical accuracy. Many experts today believe that the writings of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John cannot be taken as revelatory. A group of more than 100 scholars called the Jesus Seminar concluded that only about 18 […]
This historical essay updates, corrects and further explains the Durants’ previous Story of Civilization series, offering insights into some of its major themes, events and characters. Originally written in 1968, this book predicts that “a generation of peace” would lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1969, President Richard Nixon began a peace […]
The Metaphysics of Death is a collection of essays by contemporary philosophers which assumes that death is the permanent end of an individual’s conscious existence. Given that death is the end, what is it that makes death bad for the person who has died (since the deceased cannot experience death)? When does the harm of […]
Did Jesus ever live? Was he the Messiah as Christianity has claimed? And what are the true foundations of the Christian religion? These are the fundamental questions posed by ex-priest Joseph McCabe (1867 – 1955), a prodigious scholar, translator, and lecturer, who tirelessly promoted scientific inquiry, skepticism, and anticlericalism in works that were exhaustively researched […]
The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament
The victors not only write the history, they also reproduce the texts. In a study that explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of the emerging New Testament, Ehrman examines how early struggles between Christian “heresy” and “orthodoxy” affected the transmission of the documents over which, in […]
The Psychic Mafia details the techniques used by mediums to convince their clients that they are in touch with the dead. This is a classic expose by a former medium who stopped performing seances when his conscience overcame him.
Just before dawn one winter morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two men — Gibreel Farishta, the biggest movie star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years — plummet from the sky. Washing up on the snow-covered sands […]
The Stranger was Camus’ first novel and thrust him onto the scene as one of France’s leading men of letters. Camus was influenced by Hemingway’s abrupt literary style to present a protagonist who acts purely in the present tense without concern for societal pressures of what one ought to do. In The Stranger, Camus explores […]
Book Description Carl Sagan’s prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality. Carl Sagan is considered one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. His remarkable ability to explain science in terms easily understandable to the layman in bestselling books such as […]
In his exciting new book, physicist Victor J. Stenger shows how time symmetry at the quantum level makes it possible to draw a model of underlying reality that is simpler and more symmetric than the conventional view. This reality is timeless, with no beginning, no end, and no arrow of time. Time is indeed reversible. […]
In Afghanistan under Taliban rule, women were forbidden to work or go to school, they could not leave their homes without a male chaperone, and they could not be seen without a head-to-toe covering called the burqua. A woman’s slightest infractions were met with brutal public beatings. That is why it is both appropriate and […]
Subtitled: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage A believing Christian documents, sometimes with biting humor, the damage to people and society done by “bad” Christians, emphasizing contemporary hypocrisy, including that of institutions and churches. He presents copious evidence, and argues from Biblical precedent that Christians ought to exhibit humility, […]
Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself — questions about man’s place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He […]