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Topic: Review

Poor Candidates

A Review of Nicholas Carnes, The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office-And What We Can Do About It (2018)

In Nicholas Carnes,  The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office-And What We Can Do About It   (2018), the author wants the reader to…

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What Do We Know About Bible Values?

A Book Review of John J. Collins, What are Biblical Values? What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues (2019)

Adults are puzzled.  Students are skeptical.  Parents are fearful. What can the Bible say that is helpful for ethical discernment and how do we trust the Bible on these subjects?  The Bible appears to many as sexist, violent, homophobic…

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Higher Education Student Debt

A Book Review of Steven Brint, Two Cheers for Higher Education (2018)

Steven Brint, Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever-and How to Meet the Challenges They Face  (2018) is an optimistic and clarifying presentation of the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges faced by higher education in the…

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Our Story

A review of Peter Atkins, Conjuring the Universe: the origins of the laws of nature (2018)

It is a universal human need and challenge to hold a story of the workings of the universe, seeking a simple, clear narrative from experienced complexity in order to understand reality as a whole.   That held story receives some…

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The Role of Belief

A Review of James E. Alcock, Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions are So Compelling (2018)

We all have beliefs and are relying on them as we live our lives.  Should our Quaker beliefs be subject to assessment and, if so, how?  This feels to be a more urgent process in later life as we reflect back on experience, both personal…

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Pointless Human Suffering

A Book Review of Scott Samuelson, Seven Ways of Looking at Pointless Suffering (2018)

Suffering is a universal human experience. Some suffering is common to all humans (all ages, genders, and cultures).  Some suffering is unique to humans in particular cultures (honor killings, slavery, and female genital mutilation). …

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