Daily Archives: January 14, 2009

Camille Paglia on the Bible and Jesus

At Salon.com today, Camille Paglia is asked by one of her readers what she thinks of the Bible, and the prophecies in the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) that were supposedly “fulfilled” by Jesus in the New Testament. Here’s what she … Continue reading

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Where’s David Hume When You Need Him?

No, the quote below is not from the Onion, but from a news article in the Independent of London:  The Pope has instructed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly the Holy Office of the Inquisition, to draw … Continue reading

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Lecturing Doesn’t Work?

The NY Times reports today that, at M.I.T, the traditional freshman physics lecture class of 300 students or more is being replaced by hands-on learning in small groups. Money quote: The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with … Continue reading

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20 Years Later: Salmon Rushdie’s 1989 “Fatwah” in Retrospect

Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeni declared a “fatwah” (a death sentence) on the British author Salmon Rushdie (for the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses). The Guardian has an excellent retrospective article on the whole mad and … Continue reading

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