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Knowing the ropes

Books | A cowboy’s tool for tricks and plying his trade
by John R. Erickson
Posted 9/21/19, 09:21 am

John Erickson doesn’t write parables, but some of his stories about the cowboy life he once lived would work well in church. The Bible refers to us as sheep, sometimes without a shepherd, but we also act like cattle and anger the Owner of the ranch. In 1982, Erickson, the author of the popular Hank the Cowdog series of books, published a bunch of these stories in The Devil in Texas and Other Cowboy Tales.

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Are atheists overplaying their hand?

Books | Those who are intellectually honest should moderate their claims that science empirically verifies their unbelief
by Christian Smith
Posted 9/14/19, 02:12 pm

Christian Smith likes science, which he calls “one fantastic way to know many things about ourselves and the world.” He dislikes the way atheists have turned it into “an imperialistic, exclusivist, totalizing source of any and all legitimate knowledge about everything.” In Atheist Overreach, Smith points out that atheism’s advocates advance crucial claims that are neither rational nor realistic, and that “deeply personal pseudoscientific commitments” drive claims that science proves atheism.

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‘Polish Anne Frank’ diary headed to shelves for first time

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/13/19, 12:09 pm

In 1939, a Jewish teenager started documenting her experiences under Nazi rule in Poland. Now, 70 years later, her accounts will be published for the first time. Renia’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust is scheduled for release on Sept. 19.

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