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GMOs and GOD: Biotechnology and Religion
November 26, 2009 – 12:54 am | 10 Comments
GMOs and GOD: Biotechnology and Religion

A new collection of essays explores the links between religion, culture, and GMOs.

Review: The Spiritual Brain
November 15, 2009 – 12:44 am | 29 Comments
Review: The Spiritual Brain

There are serious thinkers, and among them scientists too, who are not persuaded by the notion that all spirituality is a result of firing neurons. They are convinced that there is more to the mind than macromolecules, more to mysticism than muddled thinking.

Review: Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior
October 29, 2009 – 12:40 am | 5 Comments
Review: Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior

“Spent” proposes, in a modern context, that which Vedanta has long recognized: much of our lives are lived in calculation of how to achieve our sensual goals, be they physical, mental, or intellectual.

Review: The Devil’s Delusion
October 3, 2009 – 2:42 pm | 7 Comments
Review: The Devil’s Delusion

Perhaps only an agnostic can renew science’s humility without undermining its quest for truth.

Review: Seeking God in Science
September 19, 2009 – 11:51 pm | 3 Comments
Review: Seeking God in Science

One of the most common stereotypes of intelligent design (ID) is that it is an evangelical Christian movement intent upon forcing religion into the classroom. Does the release of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design, officially put this claim to rest?

Review: Nature’s IQ
September 14, 2009 – 11:22 pm | 6 Comments
Review: Nature’s IQ

While the middle portion of Nature’s IQ makes it a worthwhile investment, ultimately the book fails to demonstrate how its conclusion supports its objective.

Review: Jesus in the Lotus
September 10, 2009 – 10:10 pm | 20 Comments
Review: Jesus in the Lotus

A student of Bede Griffiths, Christian-Hindu hybrid Russill Paul seeks to bridge a gap between Christianity and Hinduism, proposing that both may learn from each other and be better for it. How much do the traditions truly overlap and have to offer to each other?

Review: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant
August 26, 2009 – 7:09 pm | 10 Comments
Review: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin Bryant

Hundreds of authoritative English translations of the Yoga Sutras are already in existence. Is there then any room for Edwin Bryant’s newest addition? For most readers, this is the only edition they will ever need.

Review: A Case for God
July 31, 2009 – 9:09 am | 16 Comments
Review: A Case for God

Karen Armstrong is one of the handful of intelligent commentators on religion who has become distressed by the tone of recent discussions of the subject. Her targets are religious fundamentalism and militant atheism: in other words, al-Qaida as well as Richard Dawkins.

Review: The Passion of the Western Mind
July 28, 2009 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments
Review: The Passion of the Western Mind

Richard Tarnas’ bestseller offers an analysis of the entirety of Western philosophical thought in a single volume with a level of insight previously considered impossible for an introductory work.

Film Review: Food, Inc.
July 16, 2009 – 11:04 pm | 3 Comments
Film Review: Food, Inc.

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is a non-sensationalist yet quietly infuriating exposé of U.S. chicken, cattle, and corn production. If the phrase “essential viewing” still has any meaning, it applies to this documentary.