Over a quarter of a century has passed since John Boswell published his landmark book Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, in which he argued that Christianity isn’t inherently antigay. Indeed, he contended that early medieval Christians demonstrated a remarkable tolerance toward homosexuals and that it was not until the 12th and 13th centuries that the church developed animosity toward homosexuals. The essays in this book look sympathetically, though not uncritically, at Boswell’s contribution to scholarship about homosexuality and the place of gays in contemporary culture.
There is an 80 percent chance that later in this century a megadrought will plague the American Southwest for decades, according to a study released by researchers at NASA and at Columbia and Cornell universities. The drought will be caused by reduced precipitation and changes in evaporation rates. The researchers say other factors, such as the El Niño weather pattern, could interrupt long periods of severe drought. The researchers say there is time to reduce the factors contributing to climate change (Washington Post, February 12).