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Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

June 1, 2018

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Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest Christianity tends to have a macro-focus. … But I want to focus here on the […]

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

May 3, 2018

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First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and the white have separated. And now they’re going to be poured back into the egg. And we […]

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

January 27, 2018

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R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine what she left out. So, if we’re honest, we must understand that there may be […]

The Rise and Fall Of Adam and Eve | Quick Review & Notes

December 6, 2017

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Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall Of Adam And Eve. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2017. (419 pages) QUICK REVIEW This is one of the most comprehensive and eye-opening historical narratives on the subject of Adam and Eve I’ve ever read. It is not only well written with plenty of imagery, insight, erudition, and a […]

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

October 27, 2017

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Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one of the most consistent and hard-fought endeavors of African peoples, and it continues to be so. The struggles […]

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

July 23, 2017

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Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed […]

Sapiens | Notes & Critical Review

April 28, 2017

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Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5 billion Matter and energy appear. Beginning of physics. Atoms and molecules appear. Beginning of chemistry. […]