America’s Blessings

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Events in Egypt may well raise concerns again about the role of religion in society. While extremism or violence in the name of religion is certainly deplorable, overall religion is a positive influence. Author Rodney Stark concludes so in America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists.

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Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison

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Joshua Dubler’s Down in the Chapel opens with a scene of surprising calm for a book about maximum-security prisons. Al, a devout if extreme Protestant, and Baraka, a Warith Deen Mohammed Muslim, are debating the knowability of God’s intentions. Al thinks God is totally accessible, while Baraka disagrees. The two lightly bicker back and forth, but their tone is respectful. When asked how they remain so calm, Baraka jokes, “The creator made the world and said, ‘Have at it, fellas.’”

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Mullahs Without Mercy

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Geoffrey Robertson is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading human rights lawyers, making frequent appearances in the European Court of Human Rights, and has been counsel in many landmark constitutional, criminal and media law cases. In Mullahs Without Mercy Mr Robertson argues that a nuclear armed Iran could trigger a local and possibly global war.

Geoffrey Robertson QC explains how to avoid war in the Middle East and a catastrophic nuclear disaster.

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