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9 New Books to Read for a Historical Halloween

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George Orwell is alive and well…in Puerto Rico

Welcome to Puerto Rico: where everyone is a sucker, and the US government treats every man and woman – regardless of age and education – like a …

Frodo, Bilbo, Kullervo: Tolkien's Finnish Adventure

In 1913, the 21-year-old Ronald Tolkien should have been studying for his exams. He was halfway through his Classics degree — the subject all the best students did at Oxford in those days. Getting admitted to Oxford on a scholarship was a great opportunity for young Ronald, an orphan who had always …

'The only country ISIS fears in the Middle East is Israel'

German journalist who spent days with ISIS told the 'Jewish News' that the jihadist group "knows the Israeli army is too strong for them."<p>><br>• ><p>ISIS …

Pope Francis attacks consumerist society in midnight mass at Vatican

Pope Francis returned to one of his favoured themes in his homily at midnight mass on Christmas Eve at the Vatican, castigating a hedonistic and consumerist society and a culture of indifference.<p>Meanwhile, one of his senior cardinals, Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster and the leader of …

Pope Francis

These Japanese Researchers Are Making Holograms You Can Touch

The Haptoclone is an interactive system that creates holographic images that you can "feel."<p>Imagine reaching out and physically shaking someone's holographic hand when you're Skyping them for the first time. Or how about giving a hologram version of a friend you're chatting with a hug while you're …

Jewish Extremists’ Attacks Rattle Christians in Holy Land

Nazareth, Israel<p>Assaults on churches by right-wing Jews, a new phenomenon, raise concern about movement’s increasingly aggressive tactics.<p>Father Matthias Karl hoped to begin rebuilding his shattered church complex on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after Christmas.<p>But following an arson attack six …

Israel

Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?

As chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, I want to send a different message to our students, and to the readers of Desiring God, than Jerry …

Why Christians Need to Laugh at Themselves

Religious humor—when done right—can benefit everyone.<p>Can American Christians take a joke? The question will be tested by the new film <i>Don Verdean</i><i>,</i> a satire about a Christian archeologist who tours churches showcasing the “biblical” artifacts he has unearthed—from the shears used to cut Samson’s hair …

Faith

The Early Church on Homosexuality

In the days of the early church – I’m thinking specifically of the 2nd century – Christian apologists had to defend the faith against false charges, …

Gladiator Games, Abortion, and the Early Church (Athenagoras)

Just over a week ago I highlighted a section from Athenagoras (an early Christian apologist from the end of the 2nd century AD) in which he defended …

Ready for Star Wars? Get hyped by watching 11 movies that inspired the franchise

You've got your midnight showing tickets, you've already watched the original trilogy in anticipation, and your pre-Star Wars hype has reached a zenith. With a week to go until the premiere of <i>The Force Awakens</i>, you've got one more weekend to kill — so why not spend it watching the movies that …

Star Wars

Is Israel's IDF the world's most moral army?

To quote Vincent Vega, “That’s a bold statement.” It’s a claim that Col. Richard Kemp, commander of British forces in Afghanistan and an observer to …

8 things you should never say to a Japanese person

We asked Japanese people to tell us the things foreigners say or think about Japan that really gets their goat—and they were happy to oblige! How …

Japan

Palestinian Student Approaches Visiting Israelis to Bash Them But Unwittingly Makes Their Case Perfectly: ‘Ultimate Anti-Israel Fail’

30 Great Psychological Horror Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

Psychological horror is the horror of the psyche, the cinema of the unquiet mind. Grief, envy, loneliness, anguish, despair, rage, hatred, sorrow, …

Genes Tell Intricate Tale of Jewish Diaspora

A new genetic map paints a comprehensive picture of the 2,000 or so years in which different Jewish groups migrated across the globe, with some …

The 10 Best Philosophical Movies of The 21st Century

Sound, color, and animation have changed the medium of 21st century film and thereby changed its potential. The emphasis may have once been powerful …

Will this Russia-Turkey business get out of control?

When former senator and actor Fred Thompson passed away earlier this month, it was impossible to forget the best line he ever delivered on film:<p>This line seems particularly trenchant now, as something I worried about last month pretty much just happened:<p>Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian …

Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind

Given the decidedly strange response of the Obama Administration and much of the Western commentariat to the violence sweeping the Islamic world, one …

A couple in Spain are building a house that runs on their own waste

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Just north of Pamplona, Spain, there’s an old farmhouse that’s been abandoned for 60 years. The house is isolated from society—five miles from the nearest town and a mile from a village of 50 people. And come this spring, it will run on poop.<p>The poop-powered house is a …

Biogas

This electric bike could change the way we commute in cities

There's nothing like that feeling of whizzing by on a bike during rush-hour standstill.<p>Dutch company Biomega recently designed an electric bike with a sleek design that could finally convince more people to ditch cars and adopt bikes. It's not just functional. Like a Mercedes or BMW, it speaks to …

Are We Heading for an Economic Civil War?

Forget that red state-blue state stuff. The real chasm dividing the U.S. is economic, with one economy for industry and one for tech, and the …

Scientists say this ridiculously simple strategy can help you learn anything

In other words, instead of reading and rereading a list of vocabulary words, you should read it once and then test yourself repeatedly.<p>The same strategy works for pretty much anything you're hoping to commit to memory, and there's a growing body of research behind it. Psychologists call this …

13 steps anyone can take to get rich, according to a journalist who spent his career studying millionaires

Prompted by legendary businessman Andrew Carnegie, who turned a few nickels and dimes into a fortune, journalist Napoleon Hill researched more than 500 self-made millionaires over 20 years before releasing his 1937 best-seller "Think and Grow Rich."<p>"It was Mr. Carnegie's idea that the magic …

“Wealth of Nations” stole happiness from workers—here’s how we steal it back

Many Americans today are assembly-line workers—whether they know it or not. The reason can be traced back to Adam Smith, the father of modern economics.<p>Smith believed that when it came to work, people were fundamentally lazy. If you want people to work, he argued in his classic 1776 book <i>The Wealth</i> …

Employment

One of the grandest structures of the ancient world could be reborn

Until an earthquake in 226 BCE knocked it down, the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-high iron and bronze statue of the Greek god Helios, sat near the harbor of Rhodes, Greece, for 54 years.<p>Now a plan put forth by a small team of scientists seeks to rebuild the ancient statue and boost tourism and …