Books

Books

The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

How has the story of Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, which contains no explicit reference to black people, become linked to the institution of slavery?
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Pursuing Kerry

Complaints about John Kerry’s “religion problem” are of a piece with complaints about his personality.

No Regrets: A Ten-Step Program for Living in the Present and Leaving the Past Behind

Though I’m not a big fan of self-help books, I’m glad that I took the time to read Hamilton Beazley’s book.
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Faith-based politics

It is easy for us to underestimate the aura that surrounded a written text in the ancient world. As you read this review, you are performing something that once seemed like magic: converting signs on a printed page into human speech.