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Four Centuries Of Trying To Prove God's Existence

By Lloyd Strickland/The Conversation

The 17th and 18th centuries were a golden age when it comes to trying to prove God's existence.

Today's efforts are on nothing like the same scale as they were hundreds of years ago, now that secularism is as common among philosophers as it is among the general population.

And this is not the only difference to have occurred since that golden age, which is the focus of my new book, Proofs of God in Early Modern Europe.

Here are three other things that have changed over the centuries:

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Posted on August 17, 2018

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Arne Duncan, Unreliable Narrator

By Aaron Pallas/The Hechinger Report
He's not a politician, he admits, but he has strong opinions about public policy, bolstered mainly by vignettes and anecdotes. A good story goes a long way, and issues often rise or fall on the policy agenda as much on the basis of stories as on hard evidence. This is the essential contradiction of Arne Duncan: He claims to be driven by data, but he prefers a good story.

Posted on August 13, 2018

Think Confederate Monuments Are Racist? Consider Pioneer Monuments

By Cynthia Prescott/The Conversation
Most early pioneer statues celebrate whites dominating American Indians.

Posted on August 8, 2018

Anxiety Bestsellers

Via The Barnes & Noble Book Buzz Newsletter, August 2018
"The Anxiety category has really popped in the last year."

Posted on August 1, 2018

The War On Kids

'An exposé of the grim reality of children coming of age in prison'
How the United States went from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing practices.

Posted on July 23, 2018

Anti-Slavery Heroes Charles Langston And Simeon Bushnell Deserve Pardons Too, President Trump

By Steven Lubet/The Conversation
Few Americans have been more "unfairly treated by the justice system" or are more deserving.

Posted on July 31, 2018

'Traveling While Black' Guidebooks Getting Renewed Attention

By Cotton Seiler/The Conversation
Still relevant today.

Posted on July 20, 2018

Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing The Law

By The Electronic Freedom Foundation
Industry groups want to control access to legal rules and regulations.

Posted on July 18, 2018

Scholarly Publishing Is Broken. Here's How To Fix It.

By Jon Tennant/Aeon
Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple's treat life-saving research as a private commodity to be sold at exorbitant profits.

Posted on July 15, 2018

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