Category Archives: books

Simon Conway Morris’s new book once again claims that the evolution of human-like creatures was inevitable. He’s wrong.

Paleontologist Simon Conway Morris has a new book on science coming out, coincidentally, on the same day as mine, and I’m sure that his has religious overtones. The book is called Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self Aware, and, predictably, is published by Templeton Press. Templeton simply laps up books like this. Here’s part of the publisher’s […]

Book events in Washington D.C. and Chicago

This is just an advance notice: if you live in the Washington, D.C. area, on May 27 I’m doing a book event at Politics and Prose, a famous independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue. The information is here, but I’ve put the screenshot below. I’ll give a 20-minute talk on the book, answer questions, and then sign books. […]

Oliver Sacks: Still working but saying goodbye

Oliver Sacks is going to die, and that makes us (and him, of course) the unlucky ones. In February I wrote with sadness about Sacks’ announcment that he had terminal cancer, an announcment that was poignant and as full of humanity as we’ve come to expect from the man. The guy was sui generis—plagued by […]

More nonsense at NPR about God

I am frankly amazed that National Public Radio (NPR) would publish this mushy reconception of religion, for it’s worse than that purveyed by apophatists like Karen Armstrong. In fact, Nancy Ellen Abrams, who is flogging her new book A God that Could Be Real: Sprirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet, was given two mini-essays in […]

Book by murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo just out, defiant in right to criticize Islam

Stéphane Charbonnier (“Charb”), the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was murdered by Muslim thugs, has a new book out, sadly still only in French, that was completed just two days before his death, and published April 9.  The New York Times has a brief description of the book, which gives the lie to two myths […]

The Albatross is here (in my office)!

I have two real hardbound copies right here! It’s always a thrill to see the final product in the flesh (actually, in the paper). It goes on sale a little less than a month from today—May 19. And for the last time I’ll ask those readers who want to buy the hardback to do it […]

Something new to read

by Grania Spingies There are some interesting-looking books in the Sunday Book Review in the New York Times which are going onto to my Wish List. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson I’ve long come to think of the Internet as the thing that has turned our planet into a village. With all […]

RIP Günter Grass

I didn’t know until I saw this morning’s New York Times that Günter Grass, one of my favorite authors, died yesterday at age 87. No cause was announced, and it appeared to be sudden. I’ve read exactly four of his books: The Tin Drum,  Dog Years, Cat and Mouse, and The Flounder, in that order, and knew when […]

Tennessee legislature tries to make the Bible the Official State Book

There is no end to the LOLs provided by Southern legislatures who try, in obvious defiance of the Constitution’s First Amendment, to institutionalize Christianity as a state-approved faith. This time it’s Tennessee, in which a fast-tracked bill seems on its way to passage.  According to The Tennesseean: Senate and House committees overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday […]

Five Books: Selina O’Grady on the role of religion, and where New Atheists supposedly go wrong

Selina O’Grady is an author who had a strict religious upbringing but left it behind to become an atheist. She’s the author of And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus, a book about the growth of religions in general, and of Christianity in particular, as well as the connection between […]

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