Summer 2007 Summer 2007 Sources of Knowledge David Hulme Several leading writers have recently authored books with the intent of showing that belief in God is irrational. Is it? Summer 2007 Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 10 Oriental Christs David Hulme Manipulation of religious fervor is an important element in the rise and rule of dictators such as Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and Kim Il-sung. Pol Pot: Cambodia’s Curse Mao received the Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot in Beijing in June 1975 to congratulate him on installing radical communism in one fell swoop. North Korea’s Kim Dynasty Kim Il-sung of North Korea created his own postcommunist Juche ideology of self-reliance, perpetuating a personality cult and savior dynasty. Summer 2007 Getting Past the Big Bang, Part 1: Why Beginnings Matter Dan Cloer “Where did the universe come from?” The “big bang” theory has become the dominant answer to that question. But what happened before the big bang? Summer 2007 An Astronomer Attempts to Explain Spirituality Dan Cloer Is science opening the way to a new form of human spirituality that will transcend ancient ideas of a supernatural creator? Astronomer Nahum Arav seems to think so. Summer 2007 Edwin Hubble: King of the Hill Dan Cloer Hubble became known as the man who made the smartest man in the world change his mind about the structure of the universe. Summer 2007 The Apostles, Part 8 To Caesar You Shall Go! David Hulme Paul’s final visit to Jerusalem resulted in riots, beatings, imprisonment, hearings before governors and a king, and finally an appeal to Caesar. Summer 2007 Terror: Can We Blame Religion? Donald Winchester Would eradicating all forms of religious belief remove terror from our world? Summer 2007 The Influence of Affluence John Meakin Michelle Steel As a veritable cascade of material wealth floods much of the globe, many wonder why they do not feel any happier or more content with life. Summer 2007 Child Rearing: Off to Nurturing School Gina Stepp Whatever objectives parents have for their children, bookstore shelves bulge with advice to help parents achieve them. But which do we choose? Poe's Parallel Universe Whatever his intentions and sources were, Edgar Allan Poe would probably be surprised by how well his ideas are borne out in modern cosmology’s story of the universe.