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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.

Review: Reason, Faith, and Revolution
July 14, 2009 – 7:58 pm | 25 Comments
Review: Reason, Faith, and Revolution

Terry Eagleton opens his defense of humankind’s God-search with “Religion has wrought untold misery in human affairs.” Anyone with religious affiliation might sigh and wonder what sort of ally has enlisted in the defense of the divine.

Review: What is the Difficulty?
July 6, 2009 – 11:47 pm | 4 Comments
Review: What is the Difficulty?

An inordinate emphasis on the guru’s divinity can in the least eclipse the sweetness of his humanity. At worst such an emphasis can turn into religious fanaticism. In my opinion, it is the humanity of Srila Prabhupada as portrayed by Srutakirti that makes his book most relishable.

CD Review: Ten Million Moons
July 4, 2009 – 12:06 am | One Comment
CD Review: Ten Million Moons

Gauravani & As Kindred Spirits has managed to make a record that sounds like it’s straight from the 21st century while at the same time carrying the same original passion and devotion that the songs were originally written with.

Ancient Text, Modern Commentary: A Daunting Task
June 18, 2009 – 12:44 am | One Comment
Ancient Text, Modern Commentary: A Daunting Task

In this review of an English translation and commentary of the Narada-bhakti-sutra, Brighupada assesses the success of the author in presenting a contemporary rendition and explores the difficulties inherent in modern commentary.

Audarya Lila: The Death of Tuomas Makinen
June 6, 2009 – 9:07 pm | No Comment
Audarya Lila: The Death of Tuomas Makinen

In The Death of Tuomas Makinen, Tuomas’s decision to join a Californian Hindu monastery is carefully depicted through the eyes of his parents, the heart of his ex-girlfriend, and finally, his own experiences.

Daniel Dennett’s Dangerous Idea
May 26, 2009 – 12:55 pm | 38 Comments
Daniel Dennett’s Dangerous Idea

Daniel Dennett’s fertile imagination is captivated by the very dangerous idea that the neo-Darwinian theory of biological evolution should become the basis for what amounts to an established state religion of scientific materialism

Palace of Illusions: The Feminist Mahabharata?
May 15, 2009 – 12:14 am | 8 Comments
Palace of Illusions: The Feminist Mahabharata?

We all know what happened with the armies of men fighting at Kuruksetra, but what was the fate of all the soldiers’ widows? Divakaruni tells the story.

With Faith in Mind
May 13, 2009 – 11:14 am | No Comment
With Faith in Mind

Using brain imaging studies Andrew Newberg asserts that traditional spiritual practices such as prayer and breath control can alter the neural connections of the brain, leading to “long-lasting states of unity, peacefulness and love.”