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To Heaven and back with a boy

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The crash left Alex paralyzed and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive.

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

If Buddha had been in an MRI machine when he attained enlightenment, what would we have seen on the monitor? Dr. Kevin Nelson offers an answer to that question that is beyond what any scientist has previously encountered on the borderlands of consciousness.

400 years of a revolutionary book

The United States wasn't crazy about George III, but it loves King James. Produced during the lifetime of Shakespeare and Donne, the King James Version of the Bible has long been viewed as the most elegantly written of the many English translations. Now reaching its four hundredth anniversary, it remains one of the most frequently used Bibles in the English-speaking world, especially in America. 

Was Abraham jealous of Hagar?

God's command of Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, is a familiar story but his expulsion of his concubine, Hagar, and the son he had by her, Ishmael, is often ignored. In this provocative rereading of the Hagar story, author Gordon gives new power to a woman often left in the shadows.

The Cake Is a Lie, But the Learning Is Real: Video Games and the Next Generation of Literacy

What is the link between literacy and video games? At Museum London on February 10th, I attended a lecture by

Looking for leadership? Eyes right.

General Rick Hillier's views on leadership evolved over his three decades as a soldier, first by watching many of his superiors make bad decisions, then by learning from the school of hard knocks as the head of emergency rescue operations in Canada and international task forces in eastern Europe and Afghanistan.

Hope for today Bible

The Bible is so "yesterday"? Not according to Joel Osteen. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas, this bible is filled with Pastor Joel Osteen's inspirational and encouraging insights, and intends to guide both new and old readers of the scriptures.

The Railway Children: on track for the holidays

Which is the best movie for the holidays not about Christmas? One contender has to be The Railway Children (1970), a winning adaptation of Edith Nesbit's 1906 children's classic. Set in Edwardian Yorkshire, the scenery alone is worth the viewing.

The Christmas journey continues

For many, Christmas is just a fairy tale for children. Yet,  for millions more the eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history.  Whatever your faith stance, Donna VanLiere's beautiful retelling shows that the Nativity story continues to captivate.

 

Take that, Chris!

Here's what Tony Blair should have said to Christopher Hitchens in the Munk Debates.  Partly autobiographical, partly historical, The Rage Against God, written by Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, assails several of the favorite