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May 2008 Archives

Zogby has released a new survey of book-reading habits in America. Over 80% said they prefer to curl up with a printed book over using the latest in reading technology. Women (85%) are more likely than men (79%) to say …Read More

If current trends continue. These sorts of metrics are often silly — and this one seems so, too — but it does prove a point. Want a growing business: Converting churches into condos. European languages required. Church attendance in Britain …Read More

Apparently Italians think so. Cheer up, Americans, your Bible knowledge is better than Italians. Pasta is bad for your piety. Italy professes to be a Catholic nation – but a majority of Italians do not know “even the most basic …Read More

Yet more news today in the Obama and Exodus front. In an interview that Jeffrey Goldberg has now posted on his new blog, Obama talks about his appreciation of the Leon Uris novel Exodus. Obama and I spoke over the …Read More

Interesting language in a Bob Novak column: John McCain, who has spent the last two months trying to consolidate right-wing support as the Republican candidate for president, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative …Read More

This year’s newest explanation. A Cuneiform clay tablet which for over 150 years defied attempts at interpretation has been “revealed” to describe an asteroid impact which in 3123 BC hit Köfels, Austria, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction …Read More

A friend in London who travels a lot around the world was visiting New York recently. We had a sobering conversation in which this very sophisticated traveler, who’s written numerous books about China, said she concerned that the growing impact …Read More

The NYT looks at Black Liberation Theology and its declining significance in the black community — only a quarter of churches now follow the theology that stresses that God’s commitment to free the Israelites in the Bible, among other places, …Read More