Author: Larry Molnar, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
The comment that has been in my head for some time, even before the recent controversy over the e-mails of some climate change researchers, is that while climate policy is a complex subject, one on which different people will have different viewpoints based on differing personal advantages and disadvantages as well as differing moral codes, the basis of anthropogenic climate change is simply not that controversial. Apparent controversy results from talking around the core issues.
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Posted in: Science & Technology
on Dec 18, 2009
In Glittering Vices, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung carefully parses the meanings and attractions of the seven deadly sins. Historically and biblically informed, her explorations lead readers to meditate on personal participation in these sins. She doesn’t forget to provide a way out of these meditations. If the first part of each chapter describing one of the sins—envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony and lust—is a mirror, then the end of each chapter is a window on the other side of which is Christ, armed with the power to transform even the deadliest of vices into virtues.
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Jane Zwart, professor of English at Calvin College, reviews Toni Morrison’s new novel, A Mercy, for Books and Culture magazine. "Indeed, A Mercy is a novel, to borrow from one its characters, about 'piecing together scraps' as 'a way to be in the world,' she writes. The review is part of Books and Culture's celebration of Black History Month.
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