Saturday, April 19, 2014
  1. The Gospel of Francis

    Peter McDonough

    The Gospel of Francis


     asks why the Church is canonizing its papal odd couple, John XXIII and John Paul II, simultaneously.

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    Pope Francis's decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II – the rival stars of Vatican II – reflects his weariness of polarization and preference for teaching by example. But will his big-tent strategy be enough to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold? READ MORE

  2. Philosophy on Top

    Peter Singer

    Philosophy on Top


     explains why the world's leading thinkers are philosophers.

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    With the proportion of students completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities plummeting, there is growing talk of a crisis in these disciplines. And yet one recent independent ranking listed three philosophers among the world's top five global thinkers for 2013. READ MORE

  3. Uniting Against Extremism

    Charlotte Keenan

    Uniting Against Extremism


     says that the way to fight religious radicals is to strengthen the communities they seek to divide.

    Newsart for Uniting Against Extremism Paul Lachine

    Most people accept the need for security services to respond to terror, particularly in the aftermath of an attack. Achieving lasting change, however, requires addressing not just the consequences of extremism but also its root causes. READ MORE

  4. Fascism with a Feminist Face

    Naomi Wolf

    Fascism with a Feminist Face


     examines the rise of women to leadership positions in major far-right European political parties.

    Newsart for Fascism with a Feminist Face Martin Thomas/Flickr

    Much feminist theory asserts that war, racism, love of hierarchy, and general repressiveness belong to “patriarchy,” whereas women’s leadership would naturally create a more inclusive, collaborative world. Why, then, are so many women leading Europe's most prominent neofascist political parties? READ MORE

  5. A World of Pain

    Steven P. Cohen

    A World of Pain


     explains why so many of us hurt for so long with so little relief.

    Newsart for A World of Pain Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr

    In the US alone, chronic pain affects one in three people – more than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined – and costs more than $600 billion annually. But the subjective, contextual nature of chronic pain means that it is often difficult to treat – and easy to treat the wrong way. READ MORE

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Cold War II?

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