Category Archives: Religion

Two films worth seeing

Oh, yeah. The new Star Wars is just about out. But before leaping on board the starship Fantastic Nonsense and drowning in its swimming pool of soda pop, check out two docudramas also showing at your local film-plex. The first … Continue reading

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Resisting evil: Part 1

Early in the morning of June 1, 1962, in the Israeli town of Ramla, prison officials executed Adolf Eichmann. It had been just over two years since Israeli agents had kidnapped the war criminal and smuggled him from Argentina to … Continue reading

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The “science can’t . . . ” gambit

So you’ve demolished the arguments advanced by your woo-loving religious adversary: astrology trashed; homeopathy shredded; creationism flushed. But then your opponent’s eyes light up and a wry smile crosses his lips. You know what’s coming, don’t you? “Science may have … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: No; Paradise; We’re Not Broke; Virgin Tales; Salman Rusdie: Imagining India; Frankenstein: a Modern Myth..

October 5. More films from the Vancouver International Film Fest. No. (Drama, Chile/USA/France, 117 minutes, director Pablo Larrain). Gael Garcia¬† Bernal plays a creative advertising executive who joins the 1988 “No” campaign to oust the murderous Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, … Continue reading

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Post-morbid effects of retro-active intercessory prayer

Does it help to pray for seriously ill patients? The results of well-designed clinical trials of intercessory prayer generally say no. But a not-so-recent study published by the British Medical Journal (22 December, 2001) brought a new twist to the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week: 10 January, 2012

Philosophy begins where religion ends, just as by analogy chemistry begins where alchemy runs out and astronomy takes the place of astrology. Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great

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Do you believe in evolution?

The author and aphorist G.K. Chesterton once wrote “When people stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.” Did you like that? If so, beware. It’s a human failing to mistake glibness for insight, and … Continue reading

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