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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God.<p>When and why did Jesus' followers start saying "Jesus as God" and what did they mean by that? His new book …

The Patient Who Let Us Peek Inside A Brain In 'Present Tense'

In 1953, 27-year-old Henry Gustave Molaison underwent an experimental brain surgery in an attempt to alleviate his severe epileptic seizures. The surgery left him with a form of amnesia; he could remember many things from the past, but was unable to form new memories.<p>"He could tell us about where …

Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

First things first: Can we talk about hair? Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a big knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color; but, as Adichie has said in interviews, she also knows that black women's …

A Polley Family Secret, Deftly Pieced Together

Sarah Polley earned wide acclaim for directing the drama <i>Away from Her,</i> about a woman fading into the twilight of Alzheimer's, as well as for her acting performances in an array of films including <i>The Sweet Hereafter</i> and <i>My Life Without Me</i>. Her latest film, <i>Stories We Tell,</i>is a documentary, though — …

Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Last week, the mother of a seventh-grader in Northville, Mich., filed a complaint seeking to keep an unexpurgated version of Anne Frank's <i>Diary</i> off of middle school shelves because she felt a passage describing the …