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“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”—Viktor Frankl
Publishers Weekly calls it “a page-turner”. Library Journal recommends it, “for all readers seeking a lively introduction to a turning point in Roman history.” Historian Stephen-Dando Collins offers a fresh take on the infamous murder of Julius Caesar, uncovering long-held suspicions previously unanswered, in his new book.
“Animalkind raises all the important ethical questions about how we should treat animals. Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegan, after reading Jean Kazez's lively and concise book, you'll be provoked to think long and hard about her arguments.” —Peter Singer, Author of In Defense of Animals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005)
"This book will make readers on both sides of animal issues think very deeply. Essential reading for everyone who is interested in ethical issues regarding the use of animals." —Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
"This book achieves something very difficult: it provides a fresh and innovative way of looking at the age-old questions about religious faith that philosophers have argued about for centuries. Written in a clear and engaging style, Holley shows the role 'life-orienting stories' play for both believers and atheists, and, without dogmatism or minimizing difficulties, he shows how religious faith might be possible in the contemporary world." —C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
A practical guide to the learning our students need to thrive in our times
Homo floresiensis Not Diseased Sub-Population of Healthy Humans
The popularity of Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, has opened up the secretive world of the Freemasons to millions of readers. The ancient society and puzzling ciphers featured in the book have sparked interest in finding out more about both.
With its iconic Golden Arches, unforgettable jingles, and famous french fries, McDonald’s is one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. It is also one of the world’s largest employers: more than 1.6 million employees in 118 countries.
New Book Breaks Down the Public Discourse Surrounding Political Correctness
Recent Article from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies Questions Validity of Chamber Survey
It is a truth (somewhat) universally acknowledged that globalization has given us the most remarkable sixty years of economic growth in world history. It is a process that has lifted hundreds of millions worldwide out of extreme poverty, and has helped raise life expectancy and literacy rates.
For centuries, the major powers of the West were seduced by the allure of the countries of “the Far East”. Spices, textile, silk and tea were the staples of East-West trade. But competition between Western traders eventually led to military intervention and the establishment of colonial empires. These actions have shaped the history of Asia, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence and shape this region today.
Who are China’s Leaders? How do they think? What does it mean for the future? These are the questions of the moment as New China celebrates its 60th anniversary, because China impacts everyone—an economic superpower competing in every arena of human endeavor. But China’s astonishing transformation comes with challenges and contradictions. Is there a looming “China Threat?” Or an emerging “China Model?”
Corporations take investment risks regardless of regulatory enforcement
Fifty Self-Proclaimed "Atheists" Reveal Their Innermost Spiritual Reflections
This year marks the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace, which took place May 26 – June 2, 1969. It was there, on June 1st, that the legendary anthem “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded. Life magazine photographer Gerry Deiter was present for all eight days of the Bed-in, capturing both large, boisterous gatherings of journalists and celebrities, and the smaller, more intimate moments between John and Yoko. The result was an archive of almost 500 images, many of which were never published – until now.
The Reign of the Nine-Days’ Queen in 1553 England
"Whodunit" style telling of the events of the summer of 1553 in Tudor-era England
Love ‘em or leave ‘em, the saints have left their imprint on our culture. A brief look in the phone book at the names of hospitals, schools, and churches proves the point. But who were these saints and what made them so holy?
Where do we go when we die? Will we have personal chats with God on fluffy clouds? What are the odds I will be devoured by a demon? And, most importantly, is Michael Jackson in heaven? Life’s deepest mysteries question what happens when life is over.
Do you know…how God employed talking donkeys, monkeys, mentally unstable prophets and helpful prostitutes in the master plan? Which saints are the patrons of bowel disorders, serial killers, and stamp collections? What to expect upon arrival in destinations like Heaven, Purgatory, and the Chinvat Bridge?